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Swadeshi

[swuh-dey-shee]
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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.
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Origin of Swadeshi

1900–05; < Hindi or Bengali svadesī, equivalent to sva- self, own + desī native
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Examples from the Web for swadeshi

Historical Examples

  • 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

  • It is playing with Swadeshi for the Punjab to have to import cloth from Bombay.

    The Wheel of Fortune

    Mahatma Gandhi

  • Swadeshi in sugar is desirable, Swadeshi in cloth is an urgent necessity.

    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


British Dictionary definitions for swadeshi

Swadeshi

adjective
  1. (in present-day India) produced within the country; not imported
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noun
  1. (in British India) the encouragement of domestic production and boycott of foreign goods as part of the campaign for independence
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Word Origin

C20: from Bengali svadesī, from Sanskrit svadeśin, from sva one's own + deśa country
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