Gandhi's rare letter about the spinning wheel may sell at $5K

Signed "Bapu's blessings", the letter is written in Gujarati.

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Gandhi's reference to the spinning wheel is exceptionally important
BOSTON: An undated letter written by Mahatma Gandhi, stressing on the importance of the spinning wheel, is expected to sell for USD 5,000, according to US-based RR Auction.

Signed "Bapu's blessings", the letter is written in Gujarati and addressed to a person named Yashwant Prasad, the auction house said in a statement.

"What we expected of the mills has happened," Gandhi wrote in the letter.


"However, what you say is correct: all depends on the loom," he wrote.
Gandhi's letter
He encouraged all Indians to wear khadi instead of British-made textiles as a part of the swadeshi movement (Image: www.rrauction.com)

Gandhi's reference to the spinning wheel is exceptionally important, as he had adopted it as a symbol of economic independence.

During the movement for independence Gandhi encouraged Indians to spend time each day spinning khadi (homespun cloth) in support of the Indian movement for independence.
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He encouraged all Indians to wear khadi instead of British-made textiles as a part of the swadeshi movement.

The spinning wheel -- and the textile itself -- became symbolic of the movement toward Indian independence.

The online auction ends on September 12.
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