- 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
1900–05; < Hindi or Bengali svadesī, equivalent to sva- self, own + desī native
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Examples from the Web for swadeshi
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.
It is playing with Swadeshi for the Punjab to have to import cloth from Bombay.
Swadeshi in sugar is desirable, Swadeshi in cloth is an urgent necessity.
Mill industry no doubt can be a powerful aid to the promotion of Swadeshi.
- (in present-day India) produced within the country; not imported
- (in British India) the encouragement of domestic production and boycott of foreign goods as part of the campaign for independence
C20: from Bengali svadesī, from Sanskrit svadeśin, from sva one's own + deśa country
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