India / World's largest Tricolour made of Khadi installed in Leh; weighs 1,000kg

Zoom News : Oct 02, 2021, 01:59 PM
Leh: Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh, RK Mathur, on Saturday inaugurated in the Union territory a “Tiranga” made up of Khadi cloth, the largest such national flag in the world. The unveiling of the flag took place on a day when the country is observing the birth anniversary of the “Father of the Nation,” Mahatma Gandhi, with whom Khadi is synonymous.

The “Khadi national flag” has been installed in Leh, the UT's capital city. It has a length of 225 feet with a width of 150 feet and weighs 1000 kilogram, according to national broadcaster Doordarshan, which broadcast the inauguration ceremony.

Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane, who is on a 2-day visit to Ladakh, attended the event, along with several senior Army officials.

Meanwhile, Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya described the unveiling as a “moment of great pride for India.” Mandaviya tweeted, “On Gandhi Ji's Jayanti, the world's largest Khadi Tiranga is unveiled in Leh, Ladakh. I salute this gesture which commemorates Bapu's memory, promotes Indian artisans, and also honours the nation.”

Saturday marks the 152nd birth anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, known in India, and across the globe as Mahatma Gandhi. The freedom fighter, who was born on October 2, 1869, in Porbandar, Gujarat, was a peace activist renowned for his non-violent means of demonstrations against the British rule.

Leaders took to social media to pay homage to Gandhi, with many also visiting his resting place Rajghat in Delhi to offer floral tributes.