PM set to revive hoary tradition of charkha with KVIC spinning mela
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to revive a hoary tradition on October 18 at Ludhiana which was started by freedom fighter K Kamaraj seven decades ago in 1945 in Peraiyur, currently in Madurai district of Tamil Nadu.
The veteran national leader, on the advice of Mahatma Gandhi, donated 500 traditional wooden charkhas to the local women spinners on the occasion of a spinning mela organised in the then Madras presidency. After him, no other leader sought to continue with such an initiative. Spinning mela is organised by Khadi & Village Industries Commission (KVIC) as part of the MSME award function at Ludhiana, Punjab, on October 18.
Speaking to Millennium Post, chairman of KVIC, VK Saxena said, “ 500 woman spinners have been selected from village Mohali, Nabha, Nakodar and Gonaspura of Punjab in which 40 per cent of the recipients are from Scheduled Caste category and six per cent from the minority community. The remaining are from the general category.
The distribution of the charkhas would go a long way in promoting the Make in India campaign launched by PM Modi, besides upholding the incredibly rich Gandhian tradition of India, which is acknowledged all over the world.