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The charkha:

The spinning wheel, or charkha, symbolised all that Gandhi stood for - swadeshi, sustainability, self-sufficiency, inclusiveness and independence. Gandhi started making his thread using the spinning wheel or charkha when he was held prisoner at Pune’s Yeravda prison. What started as a means of personal comfort soon became a clarion call for going swadeshi, as Gandhi urged Indians to spin their cloth instead of relying on British material. He believed that the need of the hour was the revival of the cottage industries, which would help alleviate poverty. According to Gandhi, the spinning wheel is a “Symbol of the nation's prosperity and, therefore, freedom. It is a symbol not of commercial war but commercial peace.” The charkha became synonymous with the Indian Independence movement and was also included in the previous version of the Indian flag.

150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi: Objects that have symbolised the beliefs that Gandhiji stood for

At the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the world remembers him as the simple, yet powerful personality who led the international non-violence movement and inspired world leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, James Bevel and James Lawson to fight for independence and civil rights in a non-violent manner.

While Gandhiji led an austere life, the few possession and objects he had symbolised all that he stood for – swadeshi, independence and self-sufficiency. Let us take a look at these objects: