Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on his two-day Gujarat visit, will spin the 94-year-old Charkha used in Bardoli Satyagraha at the Khadi festival on Saturday at Sabarmati Riverfront. More than 7,500 women from across Gujarat will participate in the festival. The Khadi festival aims to promote the Khadi industry of villages like Kanti.
PM Modi will also witness the 22 Charkhas that date back to the 1920s and are still in use. The festival aims to highlight the significance of Khadi as part of Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav. During the freedom struggle, Khadi was of great value in Gujarat and India. The program will also highlight Khadi’s contribution to India’s independence. The Prime Minister will also address the gathering present during the festival.
The 7,500 women from various districts, including Amreli, Rajkot, and Surendranagar, will spin the Charkha together in harmony. The Khadi festival is one of a kind festival in the world that celebrates the spirit of culture and tradition. The women participating in the festival will wear a tricolour wristband with a white saree.
Around 75 Ravanahatha artists will welcome the Prime Minister to the Khadi festival. An exhibition of different types of Charkha wheels since 1920 will also be a key highlight of the festival. There will also be several ancient Charkhas present during the event.