ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Charkha, 'Dear Forgotten Friend' ofWidows

In Gandhian discourse, the charkha signifies 'decentralisation against centralised production', 'the sole remedy' for the dwindling handloom industry and the traditional sector in general. However, away from this, images of this popular symbol, and Gandhian 'swaraj' acquired various shapes in the domain of political culture. The attempt here is to write a history of the spinning wheel with reference to strategies of gender politics that went into the construction of this semiotic space. This reading of erasures of a popular Gandhian symbol contributes to an understanding of the different layers of the politics of disjuncture which operate at many levels.

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