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Khadi Homespun Material and
Mahatma Gandhi Birthday
Gandhi Jayanthi Day

***** Location: India
***** Season: See below

***** Category: Humanity


khadi, a topic for haiku

Khadi is a homespun cotton fabric introduced to India by Mahatma Gandhi.
When I travelled in India with my husband around 1980, the first thing to do was to get a tailormade khadi suit for both of us. Thus with my short hair I was safe everywhere as the younger brother of Bernd.

I still cherish my khadi suit here in Japan and wear the vest in wintertimes.

Gabi Greve

Click HERE to see some photos of
India's Khadi Culture


Gandhi promoted Khadi for self sustainability. He wasn't trying to generate employment for the country and neither was he out to create a market about "help the poor" charity. His whole premise was that everyone, rich or poor or in between, should have access to food, shelter and clothing in a self-reliant way. That is, they shouldn't create dependencies on cities, government or economies, lest they get corrupt.

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Khadi - The Fabric of Freedom and Fashion

The first true Indian designer was Mahatma Gandhi when he urged the people of India to wear khadi garments. It was not only a call to create self reliance but a call to create self reliance but a call to wear something that could prove the unity of India. Khadi was given a more important status by Gandhi after his return from South Africa. While in search of the charkha Gandhi felt that for a nation to turn self-reliant, it had to return to indigenous manufactured goods.

Gandhi wrote. Swaraj (self-rule) without swadeshi (country made goods) is a lifeless corpse and if Swadeshi is the soul of Swaraj, khadi is the essence of swedeshi. Therefore khadi became not only a symbol of revolution and resistance but part of an Indian identity.

Gandhi confessed though,
When I first discovered the spinning wheel it was purely through intuition. It was not backed by knowledge so much so that I confused charkha with kargha (handloom).

These two forms of fabrics have always confused people. While khadi is hand made, handloom yarn is processed at the mills.

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The importance of how he dressed was very closely related to Gandhi's vision not only of the means Indians should use to achieve independence but also of the type of nation India should become. Central to that vision was home-spun cloth known as khadi. Khadi would make Indians self-sufficient and would eventually result in swaraj or self-rule.

Gandhi Speaks Through Clothing : Jean Johnson


The Khadi (Handspun Cotton) Culture

Gandhiji with his spinning wheel

The handspun cotton, known as Khadi is of special significance to Indians. Gandhi elevated the fragile thread of cotton to as a symbol of strength, and self-sufficiency and to employment for the millions during India's freedom struggle, and that symbolism of wearing cloth made by human hands has continued till this day.

© K.L. Kamat/Kamat's Potpourri

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Things found on the way


14th august . . .
people still wear khadi
. . . a few

Kala Ramesh
Independence Day (India) August 15, 1947


spilling curry
on my khadi suit -
all natural colors

weaving khadi
with her wrinkled hands -
winter in the village

Gabi Greve


Mahatma Gandhi's Birthday
UN Day of Non-violence
October 2
Kigo for Autumn

Gandhi Jayanti
is a National Holiday celebrated in India to mark the occasion of the birthday of Mohandas Gandhi, the "Father of the Nation." He was born on October 2, 1869.
Hence Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated every year on 2 October. It is one of the three official declared National Holidays of India and is observed in all Indian states and union territories. The United Nations General Assembly announced on 15 June 2007 that it adopted a resolution which declared that the 2nd of October will be celebrated as the International Day of Non-Violence.
© More in the WIKIPEDIA !

"Happiness is when
what you think,
what you say, and
what you do
are in harmony."

*Mahatma Gandhi*

2 October, 2002
Indians have been marking the 133rd birth anniversary of one of their most revered leaders, Mahatma Gandhi, who fought against British colonial rule through non-violent means.

133 children dress as Gandhi in Lucknow to mark the 133rd birthday

Look at more photos from

Gandhi's birthday
constantly relighting candles
during the march

Gandhi's birthday
the bird droppings are gone
from the statue

Johannes Manjrekar, India, September 2006


smoking cannabis
at the Sabarmati--
2 October

R.K.SINGH, India, 2006


Gandhi Jayanthi ~
"your man gan-dee is outdated
it is the age of IT"

Gandhi Jayanthi ~
the fallen leaves rustle around
the gandhi statue

Narayanan Raghunathan, September 2006

Click HERE to see photos of Gandhi Jayanthi Day


bapu . . .
weaving tomorrow
with a loom

robert wilson, September 2006

Bapu [Gandhiji's pet name among people]


Known for Himalayan
blunder, Gandhiji was
a cult figure.

M.K.Gandhi was
non-violent in deed but not
at heart, not in mind.

© Aju Mukhopadhyay, 2006


in the Promenade Gardens'
fierce sun

Kenneth Daniels (GY)
A celebration takes place every year in our Gardens before Gandhi's statute on this day.
October 2009


October second-
the Gandhi statue covered
with guano

Angelee Deodhar
October 2013


Martyr's Day, January 30, 2014

On this day in 1948 Gandhi ji was shot from a point blank range by Nathuram Godse just after the Friday prayer meeting in Delhi. This day is observed as Martyr's Day.

That was the end of the physical body and not the end of his universal teaching of love and non-violence; in fact that the beginning of a storm to sweep off the wrong doings, eradicate illiteracy, social inequality, oppression of he rich and to usher freedom across the world.

Gandhi has influenced millions across all the continents by his principles of non-violence, peace, brotherhood, love and forgiveness. Late Nelson Mandela, Desmund Tutu, Martin Luther King jr and many world leaders are his followers. Barack Obama, the US President, is a great admirer of Gandhi. On his birth Centenary in 1969 late Frank Moraes, the editor of Indian Express, in the Spotlight of All India Radio had said, 'After Jesus in the world history and Buddha in Indian history comes Mahatma Gandhi for his principles of non-violence and peace...'. Frank Moraes was right.

Gandhi was a phenomenon. He shall never die, no bullet can pierce him, no fire can burn him and no flood can drown him. The light he has lit shall burn ever brighter. On this Martyr's Day let us pray for peace and non-violence to prevail and our world be prosperous and war-free. May human values soar high!!

Martyr's Day --
frail Gandhi fell to bullets
to live for ever 

Kumarendra Mallick
- Haiku Culture Magazine, fb -

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***** Independence Day (India) August 15, 1947



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sushilsingh said...

October 2nd was the 136th Gandhi Jayanti, the celebration of Gandhi’s birthday.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born in 1869 and is most famous for leading India

to independence through a nonviolent revolution. A follower of Tolstoy’s philosophy

of nonviolence, Gandhi went on to become one of the most famous and important

persons in modern history. Though we should celebrate this hero of peace every day,

his birthday is a good enough time to remember him, what he stood for, and what he


Happy Gandhi jayanthi

YCH said...

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defined a way of Fighting and teach us the important lesson Ahimsa. Celebrate with everybody on this year Gandhi Jayanti and send your friends and relatives

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Happy Gandhi jayanti


Gabi Greve said...

Ella Wagemakers wrote

Actually, way back in 1986, the Filipinos applied his approach of non-violence when we ousted the dictator Marcos. Only 1 life was lost in the 4 days when we walked the streets. It felt so good to 'fight' for freedom that way! Truly memorable.

autumn evening
the peace in my heart
is a fire
Joys of Japan

Gabi Greve - Joys of Japan said...

Elaine Andre wrote:

Gandhi-ji ~
with salt and spun thread
in their season

Joys of Japan

Gabi Greve - Joys of Japan said...

Res John Burman wrote:

There were few men
At whose feet I’d sit ~ but then
There was Gandhi Ji

Joys of Japan