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Modi ‘ejects' Gandhi in Khadi Udyog's calendar, diary

By Quaid Najmi

Mumbai, Jan 12 (IANS): In a surprise development, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ‘ejected Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi in the 2017 wall calendar and table diary published by the Khadi Village Industries Commission (KVIC), official sources said here on Thursday.

Most employees and officials were taken aback to see the cover photo of the calendar and diary showing Modi weaving khadi on a large ‘charkha', in the same classic pose as Gandhiji.

While Gandhi's historic picture weaving khadi on a simple charkha, wearing his trademark loin cloth, is legendary and imprinted in the minds of the masses since generations, Modi comes across in his signature attire of kurta-pyjama-waistcoat, weaving khadi on a slightly modern charkha.

Virtually rendered speechless, employees of KVIC at its Vile Parle headquarters plan to stage "a silent, soul-cleansing" protest wearing black bands on their mouths, during lunch hour on Thursday.

When contacted KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena said this was "not unusual" and there have been deviations in the past.

"The entire khadi industry (udyog) is based on Gandhiji's philosophy, ideas and ideals, he is the soul of KVIC, so there is no question of ignoring him," Saxena told IANS.

He added that Modi has been wearing khadi since long, and has popularised it among the masses and even among foreign dignitaries, while developing his own styles around khadi.

"In fact, he 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," Saxena explained.

"We are pained at this systematic easing out of Mahatma Gandhi's ideas, philosophy and ideals by the government. Last year, the first attempt was made by including the PM's photos in the calendar," said a senior KVIC staffer, requesting anonymity amid fear of official reprisals.

In fact, in 2016 the staff unions in KVIC had raised the calendar matter strongly with the management and were assured that it would not be repeated in future.

"However, this year it's a total washout. The pictures and teaching of Gandhiji - who created khadi for the poor masses and made it a symbol of the ‘swadeshi' self-reliance during the struggle for Independence - are completely left out in the calendar and diary," the staffer rued.

Incidentally, Modi already has a khadi garment unofficially named after him - the casual and comfy, half-sleeved ‘Modi Kurta' - since the days he was Gujarat Chief Minister and sported it regularly in public in various shades and styles.

During the four-month period between Gandhi's birthday on October 2 and his martyrdom on January 30, the KVIC launches special promotions and offers special rebates to boost khadi sales across India.

Comment on this article

  • SMR, Karkala

    Wed, Jan 18 2017

    Celluloid character Lucky Singh from Bollywood’s blockbuster ‘Lage Raho Munna Bhai’ has an obsession for getting photo-shopped copies of his own image with world’s great personalities. In real life, this facet of Lucky Singh’s character is now emulated best, even perfected, by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Damodar Modi, whose self projection is not simply about magnifying his own image but also about his politics of appropriating legacies he is not qualified for.
    The latest gimmick is the replacement of the image of father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi, with his own, posing with the charkha in the Khadi Gram Udyog latest calendar. The iconic Indian, the man who invoked khadi and charkha as tools of his struggle against British imperialism and sketched his vision for economic independence and removing disparities in a country where teeming millions do not have enough clothes to wear, is now replaced by a self obsessed million dollar suited man, whose claim to that image is his ability to promote khadi sales.

    The Art of Photoshopping and Politics of Appropriating Legacies.

    Jai Hind

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  • Vincent Rodrigues., Frazer Town,Bangalore

    Fri, Jan 13 2017

    No Indian can dream or think of imitating Ghandhi or equating with him

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  • AK, Abudhabi

    Fri, Jan 13 2017

    This is shows Modis Dictator Democracy.

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  • Nithya, mlr

    Fri, Jan 13 2017

    Gandhiji is eternal in our hearts. He cannot be replaced by anyone.
    Only those misusing His name be replaced.

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  • Kevin, Mangalore

    Fri, Jan 13 2017

    There are no limits to  egotism.

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  • Af,,, mangalore

    Fri, Jan 13 2017

    No wonder one day indian currency notes also replaces with this man.

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  • sampath,

    Fri, Jan 13 2017

    Comment against Modi and release your frustration...LOL

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  • Ravi, Mangalore

    Fri, Jan 13 2017

    Now all gujarthi people change their surname Modi,then we find so many types of modi

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  • Rajesh, Udupi

    Fri, Jan 13 2017

    for just one calendar, the chamchas are loosing sleep with so much frustration.. very funny

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  • Gudana, mangalore

    Fri, Jan 13 2017

    Who is the father of fekuism?

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  • Anees, KARKALA

    Fri, Jan 13 2017

    So call Muscle Power....

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  • Af,,, mangalore

    Fri, Jan 13 2017

    It is a great insult to our father of nation who really meaning it,
    now it is looks very funney and money making tactics by BJP.

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  • Anti Corrupt, Mangalore, Kuwait

    Fri, Jan 13 2017

    Honestly if you ask me, the picture should have been Modi making chai, then we could have called him genuine. With this picture, I have changed my view about him. No. 1 FEKU.

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  • Anti Corrupt, Mangalore, Kuwait

    Fri, Jan 13 2017

    Hope he does not make a statement saying he is the reincarnation of Mahatma Gandhi.

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  • Elangovan, Rameshwaram

    Fri, Jan 13 2017

    Good Development!

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  • RonRon, Udupi

    Fri, Jan 13 2017

    Totally unacceptable....this move may cost in 2019 elections!!!!

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  • DON, Uduupi

    Fri, Jan 13 2017

    Where was 1 crore modi suit weaved?

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  • Krishna Kant, Mangalore/Moodbidri

    Fri, Jan 13 2017

    Sushma Swaraj asks Amazon to apologise for insulting national flag.... How about Modi ‘ejects' Gandhi in Khadi Udyog's calendar, diary...
    Don't we think it is an insult too????? is he trying to compare himself with father of our nation or he is thinking he is superior then father of our nation?

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  • ca girishkk, m'lore/dxb

    Fri, Jan 13 2017

    poaching Gandhi's ideas & ideals.

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  • Navin Shetty, Manipal/ Bahrain

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    Well, I oppose this move. Sorry, Modiji.

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  • Faizal, Al-Khobar

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    Hitlergiri at his best....

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  • ISMAIL K, PERINJE

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    Very unfortunate and childish.This is insult to father of the nation.Utter Condemnable.Shame on Modi/BJP.

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  • A. S. Mathew, U.S.

    Fri, Jan 13 2017

    For the doctor of fake rhetoric and impossible promises, this is another joke. He will be doing everything surprising everybody that he is the heaven-sent savior of India but will be repeating blunders after blunders.

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  • Anand, Karkala

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    RaGa is the person behind BJP's success.

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  • Amigo , Mangalore

    Fri, Jan 13 2017

    100% TRUE!

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  • Dev, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    Modi was everywhere in Posters before he was to be PM candidate. Now he still is in every petrol dispensing outlets with don't fear messages, while his bakths put up banners supporting & praising him for his DeMo initiative.
    Sycophancy has many faces but here we see marketing strategy through Tax Payers money used by Narcism exemplified by Selfie taking drives we had seen before.

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  • Harish, Kadaba

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    I am a bhakth, but I ahtr this move, totally unacceptable

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  • N.M, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    aren't you ashamed of being a bhakt of man who has a dark past and messed up present?

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  • Harish, Kadaba

    Fri, Jan 13 2017

    When guys like jyotiraditya, or Sachin pilot replace pappu can vote for congress

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  • Swamy, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    One thing is clearly emerging is without Congress, Ganghis and Nehru support BJP can not survive starting from living in congress redeemed independant India till now coming out in various Avataars of Congress. Desparate and Confused BJP is slealing patent copy rights.

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  • Rajesh, Udupi

    Fri, Jan 13 2017

    When the mindset is of slavery, thought process does not go beyond the masters.. bootlicking is daily job.. result of 70years looting

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  • Melvin, BAJPE/KSA

    Fri, Jan 13 2017

    WHAT IS BJP'S PARTY SYMBOL?

    ANS: LOOT'US

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  • ISMAIL K, PERINJE

    Fri, Jan 13 2017

    Please register your innovative concept of BJP symbol.

    100 marks out of 100...

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  • Rajesh, Udupi

    Fri, Jan 13 2017

    Remember Osama-laeden? he has showed the symbol in all his appearance.. he submerged and his symbol too in 2014 may... LOL

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  • Deepak, Mangaluru

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    Hahaha.....
    Our kya umeed kar sakthe hain....

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  • Jerry, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    Modi is weaving his 5 lakhs suit in charaka. Great...

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  • Alwyn, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    If Modi is real person that means he is truth, honest, and humble it is not necessary to go such things. One thing is clear he wants his image to remain in Indian History as long he lives. He is ready to do what ever he wants. Even he may betray his own people as he did for Mr. Advani & others.

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  • A. S. Mathew, U.S.

    Fri, Jan 13 2017

    Autocrats like Hitler-Stalin-Sadam Hussain etc had their pictures and statutes everywhere for a systematical brainwashing process of the citizens Modi is duplicating that.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    Chala FEKU Gandhi Banne ...

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  • George Lawrence, karkala

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    MODI IS LOOKING FOR HIS NAME EVERYWHERE

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman/Wash DC.

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    People,

    Modiji weaving khadi on a large ‘charkha'is fine as long as he dresses like Gandhiji...

    Why Rahul and Sonia Gandhiji's should be upset???

    Modiji, please remove the shirt and weat sun glasses sorry glases...

    'Maunam sammati lakshnam'...looks like Kadri and Bejai mai's liked this new 'Awatar' of Modiji as well...

    ...JH...

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  • A. S. Mathew, U.S.

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    The Bhart Jungle Party will be throwing mud on India and the people of Indian origin living around the world. Mahatma Gandhiji was the man of the year at the 1935 edition of the Time Magazine. Over 450 biographies of Gandhiji were written mainly by the western authors like the well known journalist Louise Fisher and Dr. E. Stanly Jones who was buried in India. He was the spiritual advisor of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

    Modi the master of double acting will praise Gandhiji and Pundit Nehru in his foreign visits but in India he is trying to erase those names at the earliest. What a national tragedy of the nation?

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  • Rajesh, Udupi

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    Enouf dear.. modi did not call himself father of the nation yet... its just a calendar, that too one khadi organization...

    But then the frustration is well understood.. lol

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  • Swamy, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    BJP frustration is quite obvious to eyes dear.

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  • Rajesh, Udupi

    Fri, Jan 13 2017

    if a swamyji gets confused with celebration and frustration, what can the rest of the chelas understand... lol

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  • ABDUL RAFIQ, UCHILA

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    Gandhiji was using manual Charaka but Modi using computerized digital charaka.

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  • A. S. Mathew, U.S.

    Fri, Jan 13 2017

    Modi may try to get the old eye glass of Gandhiji. Modi's diet is very expensive vegetarian food custom-made by his special chef but Gandhiji's diet was very simple. Modi will be enforcing the people of India to have very simple Gandhian diet through demonetization.

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  • Swamy, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    Isn't this an insult to RSS most revered hero Nathu Ram Godse. Anyways, everything has failed this is a last ditch effort to win elections. Any thing is ok for party victory.
    ULLU BANAOING.

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Mumbai

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    I saw a board outside a cemetery:

    "MANY ARE BURIED HERE WHO WERE THINKING THAT THE WORLD CANNOT BE RUN WITHOUT THEM".

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  • Orton, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    Hope he will not try Uppina Satyagraha

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  • Roshan P D'Mello, M'lore

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    Father of modern Cashless India..

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  • edds, Bangalore

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    father of India's Cash Crunch...

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  • Dr Mohan Prabhu, LL.D,QC, mangalore/ottawa

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    I believe this is despicable. To what an extent there is "hero worship" among the upper cadre of the KUTC of the current stylish PM to replace the poorly clad Father of the Nation! Whoever has imitated the pose and background of the iconic image is infringing the nationally well-known mark of the Handloom Industry for which there are civil penalties (possibly also criminal).

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  • Gangaram, Moodbidri

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    This is SHAME TO THE NATION

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  • baba, bahrain

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    Next we will have 5000rs note with modiji face

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  • jeevan, mangalore

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    Whole world wish to see..

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  • edds, Bangalore

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    and the size of the note will be Rs.5 or 10...

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    Try on 50 Paisa coins which will be obsolete by 2019 ...

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  • A. S. Mathew, U.S.

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    To be used as tissue paper.

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  • Praveen, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    If he do anything wrong also, Modi Blind Bhakths will praise him..
    #God only can save our nation!!

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  • Ravi, Kapu

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    Praveen, Mangalore
    As election is approaching media and CONgressi slaves will do anything possible to defame PM. The truth will come out
    How many of them here had praised CONgressis when scams were surfacing everyday?

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  • Ahmed K.C., Mangalore

    Fri, Jan 13 2017

    When they are worshipping Godse the killer of Mahatma Gandhi, they can do any thing.
    Mithrooon,Modelling ka bahut showk lagta hain.

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  • Anand, karkala

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    RaGa got one more topic to include in his speech to do the canvasing for BJP.

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  • JK, Udupi

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    RaGa wants Modi to spend more time with poor who himself went to London to celebrate new year with rich.

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  • Harold D'cunha, Mangalore, India

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    JK, Udupi

    can you name the rich people, with whom Ra Ga had associated during his new year holidays.

    In Fekugiri, even Mahatma Gandhi, father of the Nation is also not spared. What a disgusting scene.

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  • A. S. Mathew, U.S.

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    Modi spent time with the slum people of New Delhi for the new year celebration the Time Magazine is bidding for the exclusive copyright to publish pictures.

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  • edds, Bangalore

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    I am Just wondering, Why no one is talking about Petrol, Diesel & Gas Price.

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  • Albert, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    Earthquke Pappu!

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  • Praveen, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 12 2017

    fekhugiri...

    DisAgree [10] Agree [67] Reply Report Abuse

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