A ‘Tiranga’ weighing 1,000 kg and made up of khadi cloth was unveiled in Leh on Saturday, October 2, the birth anniversary of ‘Father of the Nation’ Mahatma Gandhi. Khadi is synonymous to Mahatma Gandhi.
RK Mathur, the Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh inaugurated the world’s largest Khadi national flag.
The flag, which is 225 feet long and 150 feet wide, has been installed in Leh, according to Doordarshan, which broadcast the inauguration ceremony.
Manoj Mukund Naravane, the Army chief general, graced the event along with other senior Army officials.
150 troops of Indian Army’s 57 Engineer regiment carried the flag made to the top of a hill at over 2000 feet above the ground level in Leh, Ladakh. It took two hours for the troops to reach the top, ANI reported.
Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya called it a “moment of great pride for India.”
He 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.”
Earlier on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi and India’s second Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri on their birth anniversaries.