- "I know that after my death, you will burn my Khadi from the housetops."
The other remark by Vinoba has a special reference to me. In the course of the various discussions on Khadi that I had with him he had remarked that "Khadi to me was like red rag to a bull." The readers should read this article after fully understanding the realising the implications of these two statements.
- Before discussing the difficulties in the way of Gramabhimukh Khadi.
Let us examine the suggestions made in the statement to achieve the object of Gramabhimukh Khadi. They are as follows:
- The existing institutions should setup Common Service Centres and training facilities for training promoters to organise new institutions to take up Khadi and Village Industries activities in hitherto untouched areas so that intensive area development on self reliant basis for full employment through Khadi and Village Industries become possible.
- Every production and sale centre of Khadi should establish, close contact through seminars and one day camps without least 100 new customers of Khadi.
- The workers of the institution should be reoriented in the philosophy of Khadi so that they understand better its relevance and importance in the present National and International context.
- The bigger institutions should treat the smaller institutions in brotherly spirit and guide them in developing Khadi work.
- The experience, gained in the areas where Gramabhimukh Khadi has been developed should be made the basis of work in other areas.
- Experiment with the application of power in the spinning process should be conducted in those areas where Gram bhavana has been created.
- The freedom and initiative of the Khadi institution and their workers should be preserved.
- The major question before the Nation of providing employment to the large number of unemployed in the rural and urban areas can only be solved through the Khadi and Village Industries programmes. These can alone provide gainful employment, in-crease production and relieve the distress of the unemployed.
Unless therefore some of these difficulties are removed, or new values can be introduced in Khadi, it would be completely unrealistic to expect any change in thepresent situation relating to the production and consumption of Khadi. As at present Khadi will continue to be Bhandarabhimukh and not Gramabhimukh, when it is produced.
Thus the person who has some sort of employment would like to buy his necessities like food and cloth from the wages that he would get instead of trying to produce them himself. With market mechanism reaching all over the 5 lac villages in India production for self sufficiency, specially of articles like cloth, which can be bought easily from the market, would not and may not be produced in the villages. In an order of priority food production will of cloth. It would however be otherwise if individual property in land is abolished and the whole land in the village becomes a social asset. It would then be possible or some people to engage themselves in agriculture and produce their requirement of food through agriculture while others engaged in production of cloth and other articles by processing agriculture produce. Till, however, such a situation is reached, every family would like to buy in the cheapest market. Hence village self-sufficiency does not appear possible without villagisation of land. Till then every family in the village will have to find source of employment in agriculture and buy his needs of food and clothing in the market. This is the present situation and village self-sufficiency does not appear possible without individual property of land being abolished.