BJP national president Amit Shah on Tuesday inaugurated world’s largest ‘Charkha’ (spinning wheel) at the T-3 terminal of IGI Airport in Delhi. Speaking at the occasion, BJP president Amit Shah recalled the role of the ‘charkha’ in India’s freedom struggle.
“Installation of the iconic charkha at the departure forecourt between gates number four and five would carry forward the legacy of promoting India’s rich culture heritage through different artworks at the terminal,” said Shah.
The idea behind displaying the world’s biggest charkha at the “country’s biggest” airport is to foster an egalitarian society as demonstrated by Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation.
In his message, the Prime Minister said, “I am sure the charkha will serve to remind travellers at the IGI airport of India’s timeless heritage and the values of sustainability and harmony that it stands for.”
The charka has been installed by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC). The Khadi and Village Industries Commission is a statutory body established by an Act of Parliament.
All the existing artworks at the terminal -Mudras, Regal procession, Elephant statues, Surya sculpture, Suryanamaskar and Worli Art, among others-depict and showcase Indian heritage globally.
The installation of the four-tonne teakwood charkha began in May.
The installation of the charkha also commemorates the centenary year of Mahatma Gandhi’s arrival from South Africa.