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The simple spinning wheel became a powerful weapon for Indian independence under the influence of Mahatma Gandhi. Born into relative privilege, Gandhi became known for living for example as a devout Hindu and ascetic. A lawyer by training and experience, he became a leading figure in the movement for Indian home rule. A return to the old lifestyle he was now living, Gandhi reasoned, could play a vital role in that movement. As Dwijendranath Tagore states in the “Appreciation” in this volume: “His emphasis on simplicity of life and on the simplification of the machinery of living must be realised as a supremely essential condition of the coming of the new Era. In the civilisation of the Future, an Era of natural harmonious living will be inaugurated, and artificial, luxurious and pompous living will be entirely rooted out.” Swadeshi, self-sufficiency, was an integral part of Gandhi’s non-cooperation movement. Boycotting all British goods would both bring the population together and enable them to return to the old ways, under which British rule would cease to function. His vision upon launching the program addressed here was for all Indians to be dressed in cloth spun by Indians from simple machines. This small volume is an argument for that vision and a guide toward achieving it.
bound: 100 pages
publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 14, 2015)
isbn: 1519294719, 978-1519294715,
weight: 7.2 ounces (