Meaning of swadeshi in English:


Pronunciation /swaˈdɛʃi/

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  • (of manufactured goods) made in India from materials that have also been produced in India.

    ‘so much that is swadeshi is of poor quality’
    • ‘Conceptualised by the Gandhi Centre for Rural Development, the ‘Eco Shop,’ planned to be set up all over the State, will serve as a nodal centre to effectively market swadeshi goods.’
    • ‘He is of the view that by going in for swadeshi goods one is actually helping his neighbour.’
    • ‘Nationalists had already started arguing for swadeshi, protection of Indian industry, and the impact of the economic drain on domestic capital formation so on and so forth.’
    • ‘Remember, in those days India was ruled by the license-permit-quota-raj and by swadeshi economics.’
    • ‘India was at last ready for a swadeshi equivalent to the New York or London Review of Books.’


Via Hindi from Sanskrit svadeśīya ‘of one's own country’, from sva ‘own’ + deśa ‘country’; used originally with reference to a nationalist movement advocating Indian-made products.