Criticism mounted from opposition quarters over the photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi replacing that of Mahatma Gandhi in the 2017 wall calendar and table diary published by the Khadi Village Industries Commission (KVIC). The cover photo on the calendar and the diary showed PM Modi weaving khadi on a large ‘charkha’ in the same pose as Gandhiji. Gandhi’s great-grandson Tushar Gandhi said the move was a well-planned move by the government to gain credibility.
“This government is very prone in making mistakes, but this doesn’t seem to be a mistake. This seems to be like very thought out and well-planned strategy to gain credibility. I appeal to the Prime Minister as he has become the mascot of most inefficient, incapable and insincere organisation to disband the KVIC,” he told reporters.
KVIC chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena however said the move was not ‘unusual’ and that deviations have happened in the past.
“In fact, he (Modi) is khadi’s biggest brand ambassador, and his vision matches KVIC’s, of ‘Make In India’ by making villages self-sufficient, ‘skill development’ by generating employment among the rural masses, infuse modern technology for khadi weaving, innovations and marketing. Plus, the PM is a youth icon,” he told PTI.
गांधी बनने के लिए कई जन्मों की तपस्या करनी पड़ती है। चरख़ा कातने की ऐक्टिंग करने से कोई गांधी नहीं बन जाता, बल्कि उपहास का पात्र बनता है https://t.co/rIDqQM3IUW
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) January 12, 2017
In the calendar and diary of Khadi (KVIC) 2017 Modi replaced Mahatma Gandhi ji. Gandhiji is the Father of the Nation. Modi ji what??? 2/2
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) January 13, 2017
The Mangalyaan effecthttps://t.co/NnkbJ4i7vx
— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) January 13, 2017