If we want and believe that the village should not only survive but also become
strong and flourishing, then the village perspective is the only correct
viewpoint. If this is true then in our exhibitions there can be no place
for the glamour and pomp of the cities. There should be no necessity for
games and oilier entertainments that belong to the cities. An exhibition
should not become a Tamasha, nor a source of income; it should never become
the advertising medium for traders. No sales should be allowed there. Even
Khadi and village industry products should not be sold. An exhibition
should be a medium of education, should be attractive and it should be such
as to infuse in the villager the impulse to take to some industry or the
other. It should bring out the glaring defects and drawbacks in the present
day village life, and show methods to be adopted to set them right. It
should also be able to indicate the extent of achievement in that direction
ever since the idea of village uplift was sponsored. It should also teach
how to make village life artistic.
Now let us see what an exhibition will be like if it is to conform to the above conditions.
Subject to the policy indicated in the beginning, this list may be further expanded. What I have indicated is by way of example only; it should not be taken to be exhaustive. I have not made any mention of the Charkha and other village industries as they are taken for granted. Without them the exhibition will be absolutely useless.
Gram Udyog Patrika, July 1946