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Members of the Indian Ladies in UK (ILU) group presents a unique crocheted blanket to Modi

Indian Ladies in UK (ILU) presents a unique crocheted blanket to Modi….writes Asian Lite News

Members of the Indian Ladies in UK (ILU) group presents a unique crocheted blanket to Modi
Members of the Indian Ladies in UK (ILU) group presents a unique crocheted blanket to Modi

It’s been a memorable first visit to the UK for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and on a cold, blustery Saturday in London, a group of Indian expatriate women ensured that Mr Modi received the perfect send-off after his whirlwind 3-day tour.

 

It’s been a memorable first visit to the UK for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and on a cold, blustery Saturday in London, a group of Indian expatriate women ensured that Mr Modi received the perfect send-off after his whirlwind 3-day tour.

Members of UK-based group 'Indian Ladies in UK' are putting together a crochet blanket - named the 'Unity in Diversity' blanket - to mark Mr Modi's visit to Britain
Members of UK-based group ‘Indian Ladies in UK’ are putting together a crochet blanket – named the ‘Unity in Diversity’ blanket – to mark Mr Modi’s visit to Britain

The blanket, named ‘Unity in Diversity’ is an attempt by the 4500-strong group to reach out to Mr Modi and appeal to the wildly popular Prime Minister to better engage with the large and influential Indian Diaspora community.

The creation was made up of thousands of individual crochet squares measuring 3″ X 3″ and created by ILU members.

The multi-coloured blanket is meant to reflect the diversity of the group – members hail from all parts of India.

But despite their differences of origin, caste, creed, ethnicity and religion, they are united by a shared love for India and India’s future.

Ladies were encouraged to use their personal creativity to create little crocheted squares and the end result rivals any work of modern art.

Members of UK-based group 'Indian Ladies in UK' are putting together a crochet blanket - named the 'Unity in Diversity' blanket - to mark Mr Modi's visit to Britain
Members of UK-based group ‘Indian Ladies in UK’ are putting together a crochet blanket – named the ‘Unity in Diversity’ blanket – to mark Mr Modi’s visit to Britain

The tapestry is symbolic for many reasons but three in particular stand out: firstly it is planned as a representation of the diversity of India and Indians everywhere and their ability to unite for the love of their country.

Secondly, it is the work of a group of daughters of India – daughters who have been immensely encouraged by Mr Modi’s stance on the issue of women and women’s safety in India.

Above all, it is a plea to Mr Modi to better engage with India’s hugely influential Diaspora community and enable them to become stakeholders in India’s future.

The initiative had gone viral with media coverage rivalling that given to Mr Modi’s visit.

Journalist and campaigner Poonam Joshi, the brainchild behind the initiative, said: “It’s been a long road in realizing a dream held by so many hundreds of ladies in the UK. Mr Modi told us that he had followed what we were doing in the past couple of days and commended us for keeping India’s future in mind. Mr Modi is India’s future and this was our way of telling him to engage us in his vision for India’s future. Despite our differences, we are united as one for India. We bring various skills to the table – utilize it. Mr Modi speaks of ‘Make in India’, then enable us to ‘Make it in India’ by creating the right circumstances and opportunities for us. The India story will be the story of the next century and we want to play our role in that story”.

Among the specific issues that Indian Ladies in the UK intend raising with Mr Modi are the need for better cultural education of NRI (Non-Resident Indian) children in Britain and elsewhere – setting up cultural centres to teach India’s cultural heritage.

Another initiative is educating women migrants before they leave India. ILU has helped countless young women who have fallen victim to domestic violence but had little or no knowledge of what their rights in Britain are.

At a far more fundamental level, #Crochet4Modi has empowered members of ILU.

Ms Joshi adds: “We have members who have been in Britain for three months all the way to those who have lived here for twenty years or more. Many are professionals who have followed their spouses to the UK. This initiative has given them the opportunity to be a part of something meaningful”.

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