In a surprise development, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has 'ejected Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi in the 2017 wall calendar and table diary published by the Khadi Village Industries Commission (KVIC), official sources said here on Thursday.
Most employees and officials were taken aback to see the cover photo of the calendar and diary showing Modi weaving khadi on a large 'charkha', in the same classic pose as Gandhiji.
While Gandhi's historic picture weaving khadi on a simple charkha, wearing his trademark loin cloth, is legendary and imprinted in the minds of the masses since generations, Modi comes across in his signature attire of kurta-pyjama-waistcoat, weaving khadi on a slightly modern charkha.
Virtually rendered speechless, employees of KVIC at its Vile Parle headquarters plan to stage "a silent, soul-cleansing" protest wearing black bands on their mouths, during lunch hour on Thursday.
When contacted KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena said this was "not unusual" and there have been deviations in the past.