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Swadeshi

[swuh-dey-shee] /swəˈdeɪ ʃi/
noun
1.
a political movement in British India that encouraged domestic production and the boycott of foreign, especially British, goods as a step toward home rule.
Origin of Swadeshi
1900-1905
1900-05; < Hindi or Bengali svadesī, equivalent to sva- self, own + desī native
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  • In order to exert this force, Swadeshi in every sense is necessary.

    Indian Home Rule M. K. Gandhi
  • It cannot be achieved by dotting India with Swadeshi stores.

    The Wheel of Fortune Mahatma Gandhi
  • Swadeshi in sugar is desirable, Swadeshi in cloth is an urgent necessity.

    The Wheel of Fortune Mahatma Gandhi
  • It is playing with Swadeshi for the Punjab to have to import cloth from Bombay.

    The Wheel of Fortune Mahatma Gandhi
  • From all the accounts received from her and others, Swadeshi has become a passion with her.

    The Wheel of Fortune Mahatma Gandhi
  • Mill industry no doubt can be a powerful aid to the promotion of Swadeshi.

    The Wheel of Fortune Mahatma Gandhi
  • And the problem of the Swadeshi is the problem of 80 per cent.

    The Wheel of Fortune Mahatma Gandhi
  • He had hesitation in accepting Swadeshi as a plank in non-co-operation.

    Freedom's Battle Mahatma Gandhi
  • It was not without much misgiving that I consented to include Swadeshi as a plank in non-co-operation.

    The Wheel of Fortune Mahatma Gandhi
  • But having failed to popularise boycott, Mohani Saheb has accepted Swadeshi as the lesser good.

    The Wheel of Fortune Mahatma Gandhi
British Dictionary definitions for Swadeshi

Swadeshi

/swəˈdeɪʃɪ/
adjective
1.
(in present-day India) produced within the country; not imported
noun
2.
(in British India) the encouragement of domestic production and boycott of foreign goods as part of the campaign for independence
Word Origin
C20: from Bengali svadesī, from Sanskrit svadeśin, from sva one's own + deśa country
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