Indians are unhappy with the fact that their Prime Minister has now entered wall calendars and table diaries.
Issued by the government-owned Khadi Village Industries Commission (KVIC), the 2017 calendars and diaries carry a cover photograph of Narendra Modi, instead of Mahatma Gandhi, who’d been on it for decades.
Modi is seen weaving ‘khadi’ (a handspun cotton cloth) in a ‘charkha’ (a traditional spinning wheel) in the classic Gandhi pose, which was a symbol of the nationalist movement in pre-independent India.
Khadi’s association with Gandhi is not only historic but also philosophical as it reflects his values and ideals of simplicity. Khadi workers have now revolted and are reportedly marching in protest of the move. Some have even called for the “reprinting” of calendars.
It has largely antagonized the masses too, some of whom have deemed the act “shameful”.
Modi now has his photo on the khadi calendar? What a narcissist.
Akshul Agarwal (@akshul) January 13, 2017
Charkha and Khadi always will be associated with Mahatma Gandhi , he is immortal through is work one narcissist can replace him on
Pamela (@pamela_pam123) January 13, 2017
However, there are a few counter-narratives, especially that of the KVIC chairman, who says that Modi will only end up popularizing khadi.
How can anyone replace the father of the nation? One can only emulate his action.The picture is a message of our re-dedication to Khadi.
Chairman KVIC (@ChairmanKvic) January 12, 2017
And his sentiments are echoed by some who think that KVIC sales will now see a spurt with Modi on the cover of its products.
Khadi Udyog needs sales & promotion.
Should it be let to die with Gandhi’s photo OR should it be revived with Modi’s popularity?
(@WoCharLog) January 13, 2017
For the first time since its inception, the Khadi Gramodyog Calendar will actually sell!!
Shefali Vaidya (@ShefVaidya) January 13, 2017