August Kranti Andolan

The 9th of August marks a very significant chapter in the movement for Indian Independence, with the Civil Disobedience, or “Quit India” (Bharat Chodo or August Kranti Andolan). It was the first time that the common people in India participated in any movement to over throw the British Raaj. Starting in 1942, the movement gained success on 14th August 1947, when India gained it freedom, and the country of Pakistan came into existence. Although, we hail it as the greatest civilian movement of our times, there was more than what meets the eye.  Apart from the political rifts in the Congress, it also resulted in the partition of India. It was also not as effective of the British rulers in India, the real act of independence can actually be attributed to the UN charter that was levied post WWII, which abolished colonization. More on that later. For now, let us celebrate one of the greatest chapters in the Indian Independence movement with some thing authentically Indian, Khadi! the Handwoven cotton fabric was a movement started by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, or Gandhiji to boycott foreign goods. And Khadi India (or Khadi Bharat) is one organization that is still keen to keep the Gandhian Momentum going. To know more about Khadi India, click here.

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  1. Touch2Touch says:

    This is so interesting, Kamakshi. It fleshes out the brief statement (which is really all I knew) that Gandhi (I like the name Gandhiji a lot) put a lot of stress on the home woven fabrics, that India be self-sustaining that way, relying on itself, and valuing its own products. But that was just an abstraction —
    You make it real here — and with your link —


    1. Kamakshi says:

      Thanks Judith..i was saving it up for the indian independence day but 9th august seemed more appropriate…sadly a lot of political ramifications made the entire episode weak as compared what it ought to be but I love the eletric atmosphere arnd this time of the yr…i miss school nd all the patroitic activities a lot though!


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