It was some sort of heritage's sun blooming in the horizon of modernity, when first Khadi Plaza of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) was inaugurated by Maharaja Gaj Singh of erstwhile Jodhpur State at the Sun City of Jodhpur, recently.
The former Maharaja, in his inaugural address, said that with its purity and trendy look, Khadi has not only become the favourite fabric for one and all, it has showcased its presence right from the sleepy hamlets to mega malls of the cosmopolitans. "I am impressed with the kind of designs and colours introduced in Khadi in the recent days for all walks of lives. Undoubtedly, Khadi, with a unique history and bright future, evokes emotion in India," he said, adding, "I am sure that the people of Jodhpur will adopt Khadi, which is our own heritage."
KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena, in his presiding address, said that a new sun of hope has risen in the Sun City of Jodhpur. "In this land of scorching sun, only Khadi is the fabric that provides the surge of relief to all who don it. I am sure that this air-conditioned signature fabric of India is the only hand-spun and hand-woven cotton cloth that can sustain the scorching sun of Rajasthan to chilling westerlies of Jammu and Kashmir," he said, adding, "With the revival of Khadi Plaza – which was forced to shut down in 2009, the KVIC now has proved that revival of old institutions is in our top priority under the present government – which has earmarked Khadi as medium of economic transformation."
It may be noted that the three-storey building of this Khadi Plaza was constructed in 2008 in the heart of the city by the KVIC, but could not run more than a year and was shut down by KVIC due to alleged government ennui.
KVIC Member (North Zone) Dr Hina Shafi Bhat was also present on this occasion.