Vol. 69 No. 2, December 2017–March 2018, pp. 30–36
This essay focusses on the work of Devi Prasad at the Sevagram Ashram set up by Mahatma Gandhi at Wardha, Maharashtra. At the heart of this experiment was the notion of NaiTalim, an education system driven by the spirit of swavalamban (self-sufficiency) that would create a new postcolonial nation of free conscionable people. The pottery unit headed by Devi Prasad aimed to train local craftsmen and improve their technical skills in pot-making, helping them to create more marketable wares. His legacy was later kept alive by S.K. Mirmira, Kalindi Jena, Dashrath Patel and Haku Shah.