Rajaji was proud of India. He had studied
deeply the history of India, its literature and culture. His pride was
rooted in this knowledge. He always thought of the welfare of the country.
He worked for it in several ways. He practiced the teachings of Gandhiji.
Gandhiji had told his followers that it was not enough to fight against
the British, their sacred task included hard work for developing our motherland,
Rajaji always wore Khadi, and never failed to spin even in prison. He set
up and ran a Gandhi Ashram in a village called Pudupalayam. He supplied.
Spinning wheels and cottons not only to those in the Ashram but also to
people in the villages around. He made arrangements for the sale of the
yarn spun by the villagers. There was a school in the Ashram. Quite often
Rajaji was found teaching in the classes. His son, who was a doctor, attended
on the people in the Ashram and the villages nearby. Rajaji periodically
visited the villages. He arranged Jor the
digging of wells. He advised people
to give up liquor. He started bee keeping in the Ashram and taught people
to earn money in this way. He was convinced that the two great evils of
Indian society were drinking and Untouchability, so he fought against them
tirelessly when he was in power and later too. He was also responsible
for starting over two hundred co-operatives.