Selected Letters of Gandhi : Part-2

A collection of Mahatma Gandhi letters.

Chapter-51: Khadi vs. Mill Cloth

Even in Kachchha no cloth can possibly be cheaper than what is made by a cultivator with cotton grown by himself, but even if there is such cloth, it will be fit for use not as a defence against heat or cold but only as a shroud to cover a corpse. Just imagine that some one instead of water gives me (free of charge) a poisonous liquid which looks like water and also makes me a present of the cup in which that liquid is offered. Imagine too that another man gives me real water, pours it only into my hands and demands four piece as a price for it. Of these two men whose offer shall I accept?

Recorded under November 16, 1932; ibid., p. 250;
translated from the Gujarati.