Acharya Vinoba Bhave today, May 28th inaugurated the All-India Khadi and Village Industries Exhibition at Pandharpur where the All-India Sarvodaya Sammelan is now being held.
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Background: Acharya Vinoba Bhave today, May 28th inaugurated the All-India Khadi and Village Industries Exhibition at Pandharpur where the All-India Sarvodaya Sammelan is now being held.
Acharya Bhave said the village should not depend on goods from outside its borders to meet its basic needs. It should have the right to control the movement of commodities in either direction. The village should be able to boycott goods it felt would prove harmful to the general well-being of its inhabitants. He said an egalitarian society could eventually be achieved only if people engaged in research, field work, propaganda, for the dissemination of ideas, governmental machinery and the public at large could coordinate their functions. He went on to say that scientific appliances had a significant role to play but the human elegant was supreme. They should be employed so as not to endanger the peaceful progress of man.
The three-day session began with a review of the progress made by the Sarvodaya movement and to plan the future. Nearly 20,000 persons, including over 15,000 delegates from all over India, attended this session held in the tastefully decorated shamiana in the grounds of the Tanpure Maharaj Math. Among those present included Vinoba Bhave, described by Mr Nehru in a message as "a saint among man," the Congress President, Mr U.N. Dhebar, the Union Finance Minister, Mr Moraji Desai, Bombay's Chief Minister, Mr Y. Chavan, and many others.
Spinning in India is more or less symbolic of peace and industry among men, and at the opening conference all, including Vinoba Bhave, sat busily engaged at their spinning apparatus.
The President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, who arrived in Pandharpur from Poona May 31st, had discussions with Vinoba Bhave at the Sarvodaya camp. The President, who drove to the camp from the Inspection Bungalow, where he was staying, was closed with Bhave for 90 minutes. Huge crowds lined the streets cheering the President as he drove in an open car to the camp.