Self-reliant India: A gandhian mission based on village industries
In the midst of the worldwide pandemic Prime Minister Narender Modi unveiled “Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan” (Self-reliant India Mission) during the announcement of the Corona Virus pandemic related economic package saying that the country should view the Covid-19 crisis as an opportunity to achieve economic self-reliance. He stressed the importance of promoting local products to boost small and local business. The prime minister’s call for self-reliance reminds us of Mahatma Gandhi’s concept of Swadeshi, self-reliance in the spirit of universal love and service. The ideas of M.K. Gandhi help us to understand the underlying reality of ‘global citizenship’ and its various facets by articulating the thoughts of the voiceless multitudes lying dormant in the heart of India and seek to provide resolutions for building a better society. The purpose of this paper is to describe Gandhgi’s ideas of economic Self Reliant India based on village industries.