The Vice President, M. Venkiah Naidu has urged all politicians to make it a mission to promote Khadi by wearing it. Speaking after unveiling a 150-square-metre Wall Mural of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, made of Terracotta Kullads, in New Delhi last evening, to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation, he said ‘it certainly is a Tribute with a Difference’.
As many as 150 Potters from different parts of the country had gathered at Morbi in Gujarat – the birthplace of Rashtrapita – to produce this Mural, which was commissioned by Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC).
The Vice President said that latest technology should be used to upgrade Khadi and emphasized the need for promoting it as a brand.
Calling for developing rural areas on par with urban regions, Shri Naidu said that said that growth would not have real meaning unless it touched the lives of people living in rural areas. Growth has to be inclusive and all amenities available in urban areas need to be provided in the rural areas as advocated by the former President, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam under the PURA concept.
Urging everyone to encourage ancient Indian crafts and Swadeshi spirit, Naidu cautioned against growing lifestyle diseases due to sedentary living and unhealthy dietary habits. He said there was a need to return to our roots by eating healthy food, practicing yoga and spirituality.
Referring to Mural containing the image of Gandhi Ji, he said it was a true reflection of the Father of the Nation’s belief in the potential of craftsmanship and village industries. It reflects the unique cultural mosaic of India.