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Everyday TechnologyMachines and the Making of India's Modernity$
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David Arnold

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226922027

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226922034.001.0001

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Swadeshi Machines

Swadeshi Machines

(p.95) Chapter Four Swadeshi Machines
Everyday Technology

David Arnold

University of Chicago Press

This chapter focuses on the concept of swadeshi, and its role in the dissemination and appropriation of everyday technology. It also describes the origins and progress of the swadeshi movement, and its contribution to the changes in Indian consumption tastes and demands. One of the most successful of all swadeshi enterprises was the production and sale of Ayurvedic medicines, a primary feature of Hindu cultural revivalism but also a significant avenue for emerging Indian commerce and consumerism.

Keywords:   swadeshi, everyday technology, Indian consumption tastes, Ayurvedic medicines, Indian commerce, consumerism

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