PM Modi Gifts Angela Merkel 'Call Of Ladakh' Stole & 'The Ratlam Pen'

After their joint address to the media on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi gifted German Chancellor Angela Merkel an exquisite handloom Woollen Khadi Stole from Ladakh and The Ratnam Pen. Merkel, who is on a two-day visit was received by 
PM Modi at the Rashtrapati Bhavan where she was accorded a ceremonial welcome after arriving in the national capital on Thursday night. 

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The Call of Ladakh

As per the description, the gift is "an exquisite handloom Woollen Khadi Stole from Ladakh. The yarn is hand-spun using the finest sheep wool, on a traditional Charkha, by native Ladakhi women, in the harsh winter months, in their beautiful mountainous homeland, of which the finished Stole is a warm reflection. An intricate traditional Ladakhi border pattern & four corner motifs, in dark wool, adorn the Stole. The Stole is a reflection of the simplicity, purity & tenacity of Mahatma Gandhi and the people of India’s Youngest Union Territory. It is true, the Call of Ladakh."

The Ratnam Pen

As per the description, "The pen is said to be mightier than the sword. This adage would perhaps not be more appropriate for anyone but Mahatma Gandhi - a non-violent, noncooperative, satyagraha, who wrote over 31,000 letters in his quest to take Indian to its Freedom, to its Independence. Many of these letters were written using the pen that was made for him in 1934 by VK Ratnam, (originally from a family of goldsmiths in Rajahmundry) by using indigenous materials which were based upon Mahatma Gandhi’s request to him to create Swadeshi Products - be it a pin or a pen. Even today, it has a barrel for filling ink using a dropper and the Genius Iridium Nib, from Germany."

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Angela Merkel's Floral Tribute To Mahatma Gandhi

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday paid a floral tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat in Delhi. Merkel is on a two-day visit to Delhi for the fifth India-Germany Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC). 

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