[ swuh-dey-shee ]
/ swəˈdeɪ ʃi /


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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British Dictionary definitions for swadeshi

/ (swəˈdeɪʃɪ) /


(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

Word Origin for Swadeshi

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