“Mahatma Gandhi’s quest for truth, non-violence and self-reliance are as relevant today as ever”
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi provided pride of place to many forgotten heroes alongside Gandhiji, Sardar Patel and Dr. Ambedkar”
– Vijay Rupani’s
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijaybhai Rupani laid the foundation stone of Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan and Khadi Museum to be built here today at a cost of Rs.19-crore to mark the beginning of Mahatma Gandhi’s year-long 150th birth anniversary celebration.
Speaking on the occasion, he said that Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of truth, non-violence and self-reliance are as relevant today as ever. He said that the world has become tired of imperialism and capitalism but is enamoured by Gandhism. He shared the state government’s plan to start Gandhi Tourism Circuit.
While Gandhiji fought freedom struggle, Mr. Rupani said, post-Independence leaders conveniently forgot not only Gandhiji but also Dr. Ambedkar, Veer Savarkar and Sardar Saheb, to sing paean song of only one family. He pointed out that Prime Minister Narendra Modi after assuming office provided pride of place to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and many forgotten heroes who fought for the uplift of the downtrodden. The Sardar Patel’s huge statue nearing completion near Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) dam on the Narmada is a step towards providing pedestal to Sardar Patel.
Mr. Rupani spoke on the state government’s incentives to promote Ambar Charkha, new design and fashion in khadi clothes with the change of time and people’s taste. He said the Khadi Museum will encourage research in khadi as garment. He mentioned about 20 per cent rebate in khadi to provide incentive to khadi workers and promote its sale.
Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasma said that Gujarat Government is implementing suggestions put forward by Gandhians to strengthen the rural-based agrarian economy. The ‘khadi for nation’ slogan has given place to ‘khadi for fashion’. He said that the government’s appeal to teachers in the state to buy khadi has resulted in sale of Rs.1-crore khadi clothes.
Khadi Gramodyog Board Chairman Kushalsinh Padheria said the Khadi Museum in Ahmedabad would also be a research centre for improvement of quality, library and showroom for development in other states.
Those present on the occasion included Ahmedabad’s MP Kiristbhai Solanki, Mayor Bijalben Patel, MLAs Vallabhbhai Kakadia, Rakesh Shah, Kishore Chauhan, Bhupendra Patel and Pradeepbhai Parmar, District Panchayat President, Grimco Chairman Meghjibhai, Khadi Board Secretary Kamalbhai.
Source: Information Department, Gujarat