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How was the Swadeshi Movement linked to the politics of clothing? Explain.

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1. The Swadeshi movement was centrally linked to the politics of clothing. In 1905, Lord Curzon decided to partition Bengal to control the growing opposition to British rule.

2. The Swadeshi movement developed in reaction to this measure.

3. People were urged to boycott the British goods of all kinds and start their own industries for the manufacture of goods such as match boxes and cigarettes.

4. Mass protests followed with people viewing to cleanse themselves of colonial rule.

5. The use of khadi was made a patriotic duty. Women were urged to throw away their silk and glass bangles and wear simple shell bangles. Rough homespun was glorified in songs and Poems to popularise it.

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