Describing India as the largest and mother of democracy, the Vice President said that Indian democracy is the most functional and vibrant at all levels.
Indian craftsmen are ”our ambassador of heritage” to the world, Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar said today while addressing the Shilp Guru and National Awards organised by the Ministry of Textiles.
”India is on the rise as never before. We are the most favoured destination globally for investment and opportunity. And the crafts persons associated with handicrafts and the handloom sector have played a significant role in this growth,” he said. Talking about the craftsmanship and skills of the artisans, he said such refined skills make India proud.
The Shilp Guru and National Awards to master craftsmen were presented for the years 2017, 2018 and 2019. Due to the pandemic, the event couldn’t be organised physically.
Mentioning the pandemic period when India outshined the world by providing three billion vaccines to the people and this was supported by digital mapping of the vaccination programme, he said.
Dhankhar said no country in the world can even think of such an initiative. He also mentioned that a ration to over 80 crore beneficiaries has also been provided since the first lockdown.
Dhankhar added that India’s presidency of G20 indicates that the world is listening to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his vision. He said he is confident that by the end of the decade India will become the third-largest world economy.
Union Minister of Textiles Piyush Goyal said handicraft handloom is a cornerstone for a self-reliant, confident India that is engaging with the rest of the world.
He said that the production of handicraft items holds special significance in the economic empowerment of women living in rural areas, as production can be made within the house along with other household chores.