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[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 Unabridged
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  • A similar movement has arisen among the Hindus of India—the so-called "Swadeshi" movement.

    The New World of Islam Lothrop Stoddard
  • In order to exert this force, Swadeshi in every sense is necessary.

    Indian Home Rule M. K. Gandhi
  • But it is clear that we must take practical steps for meeting the growing demand for Swadeshi cloth.

    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
  • But having failed to popularise boycott, Mohani Saheb has accepted Swadeshi as the lesser good.

    The Wheel of Fortune Mahatma Gandhi
  • From all the accounts received from her and others, Swadeshi has become a passion with her.

    The Wheel of Fortune Mahatma Gandhi
  • Following out the Swadeshi spirit, I observe the indigenous institutions and the village panchayats hold me.

  • Mill industry no doubt can be a powerful aid to the promotion of Swadeshi.

    The Wheel of Fortune Mahatma Gandhi
  • But from the year 1905, there was a great activity in this country which we called the Swadeshi movement.

    India for Indians C. R. (Chittaranjan) Das
  • Swadeshi offers every man, woman and child an occasion to make a beginning in self-sacrifice of a pure type.

    The Wheel of Fortune Mahatma Gandhi
British Dictionary definitions for 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
Word Origin
C20: from Bengali svadesī, from Sanskrit svadeśin, from sva one's own + deśa country
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