Gandhiji was against mass production and wanted to replace it with the production by the masses. Explain this statement by giving suitable example.

Asked by vatsalchoudhary41 | 21st Jul, 2015, 05:54: AM

Expert Answer:

Gandhiji was not only a great political leader but also a great social leader. He believed in utilising resources only for satisfying basic necessities of human beings. He opposed and criticised over exploitation of resources. Gandhi contended that ‘There is enough for everyone’s needs but not for everyone’s greed”. According to him, selfish individuals combined with technology have resulted in the depletion of resources.

Gandhi believed that man and not machines should be at the center of production. For him foundation of economy should be man; Gandhi believed in humanism even in the economic field. The system of production and the system of distribution should be coupled with the cultural development of human being. He did not wanted tools or machines to replace human power. Thus, Gandhi was against mass production and wanted it to be replaced with the production by masses. For example, he was in favour of establishing small cottage and khadi industries where people in large number are employed in manufacturing cloth. According to him, this not only generates employment but also helps in conservation of resources.

Answered by Social Science Expert | 21st Jul, 2015, 12:18: PM

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