1. Narendra Modi government bans bouquets: Now states can use only these items to greet PM

Narendra Modi government bans bouquets: Now states can use only these items to greet PM

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Monday issued instructions to all states to stop using bouquets during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's tours within India.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: July 18, 2017 11:33 AM
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The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Monday issued instructions to all states to stop using bouquets during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tours within India. “No bouquet may be presented to the PM during his tours within India,” ANI reported MHA sources as saying. Instead of bouquets, states can offer PM Modi a flower along with a Khadi handkerchief or a book to welcome him. “All states/UTs are requested to suitably sensitise all concerned to ensure strict compliance of the above instructions,” the MHA said.

Instructions in this regard were issued to all states and union territories on July 12.

On June 17, PM Modi had said people should give a book instead of a bouquet as a greeting. “I appeal to people to give a book instead of a bouquet as a greeting. Such a move can make a big difference,” news agency ANI had quoted the PM as saying. Addressing the launch of PN Panicker National Reading Day celebrations in Kerala, the Prime Minister also said that Kerala had been an inspiration to the whole country in terms of literacy. “There can be no joy greater than reading & no strength greater than knowledge,” he added.

On June 17, PM Modi also tweeted appealing people to stop giving bouquets. PM’s appeal had caught the attention of Congress PM Shashi Tharoor, who tweeted, “Some minds think alike! I’ve been saying this for years in Thiruvananthapuram!”

In his last Mann Ki Baat radio address on June 25, PM Modi again urged people to stop exchanging bouquets and start gifting Khadi products. He shared how he liked the practice of gifting books by PN Panicker Foundation instead of bouquets in Kerala. “I had the opportunity to go for the inaugural function, where I was told that instead of bouquets, they gift books. I liked it.”

Listen PM Modi’s Mann Ki Baat on June 25, 2017

PM Modi also said that he had set the tradition of gifting Khadi handkerchiefs or books when he was in Gujarat.

“When I was in Gujarat, I had set this tradition of welcoming, by not giving bouquets, but books or handkerchiefs instead. And that too, a ‘Khadi’ handkerchief, so that it promotes ‘Khadi’. Till the time I was in Gujarat, this habit had been ingrained in us, but after coming here, I had lost that habit. When I went to Kerala, it was rekindled,” he said.

On bouquets, the PM said, “And the life span 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. One can also use a ‘Khadi’ handkerchief to welcome people, and be a support to the innumerable underprivileged. The expenses are reduced as well, and the gift is well utilised too.”

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    Ajit Chaliha
    Jul 22, 2017 at 11:35 am
    This action should have been taken long time back. Thanks to PM Modi for taking this up. Mahatma Gandhi did not accept any gift beside self spun Khadi yarn but he nnever made it an imposition on anyone.
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    1. Chand Babu Bairathi
      Jul 20, 2017 at 3:58 pm
      It is a hood message to public in general. I think presenting booke or garlanding in general functions should be banned as it these are only a pleasure for few minutes and flowers are thrown in dust. Presenting book is a good idia which can be used read anytime by any one in family.If one likes to donate in any Library or school will benefit hundreds of people if does not want to keep with him or her.
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        Roy
        Jul 20, 2017 at 10:24 am
        A long tradition going on in Kerala for years at least in Political arena
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        1. Bhaskaran Kunchithapadam
          Jul 19, 2017 at 6:25 pm
          It is another welcome move by the govt. All these humbugs should go. Even touching feet of senior political leaders in official/public meetings is unwanted.
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          1. harsha gopal
            Jul 19, 2017 at 4:18 pm
            Very good idea. Why unnecessary cut flowers for transient happiness.? Great idea
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            1. Grace M Te
              Jul 18, 2017 at 1:45 pm
              Hopefully the guy can read the book(s) to be received :D
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                ashok murarka
                Jul 18, 2017 at 9:25 am
                Cheap publicity. No benefit to the country's poor persons.
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                  Tarun
                  Jul 18, 2017 at 11:53 am
                  Murakh as the name suggests
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                2. Sunder Rajan
                  Jul 18, 2017 at 12:08 am
                  Great Initiative by Modiji ..
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                    Ashok
                    Jul 17, 2017 at 9:30 pm
                    Very good move. Similarly, Modiji should also say that Garlands ( which signify hero worship ) and cut-outs to be eliminated.
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                    1. Sunder Rajan
                      Jul 18, 2017 at 12:08 am
                      I agree
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