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Govt Asks Not To Present Bouquets To Modi On Tours In India; Books And Khadi Handkerchief Preferred

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6:02 pm 18 Jul, 2017

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Ministry of Home Affairs has issued instructions that no bouquet shall be presented to the PM while on tour in India.

Chandrashekhar Rao and PM Modi Telugu Post

 

These instructions come a few weeks after Modi, in a speech at Kochi, commented that people must give books instead of bouquets as a greeting. He further added that there is no greater joy than reading and has urged people to do that while speaking at P N Panicker National Reading Day celebrations.

 

The instructions were issued to all states and UTs on July 12 by the MHA. While speaking on “Mann Ki Baat”,  a week after he visited Khadi Village Industries Commission, the PM asked people to stop exchanging bouquets and gift khadi products, instead. PM Modi said,


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One can also use a khadi handkerchief to welcome people, and be a support to the innumerable underprivileged people. When I was in Gujarat, I had set a tradition of welcoming people by not giving bouquets, but books or handkerchiefs instead. The lifespan of a bouquet is very short. You receive it in your hand for a moment and then abandon it. But when you present a book, it becomes a part of the household, a part of the family.

He further added,

The lifespan of a bouquet is very short. You receive it in your hand for a moment and then abandon it. But when you present a book, it becomes a part of the household, a part of the family.

This move has been appreciated by people on social media. This step also adhered to the climate change policies that the PM has been focusing on.

 

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