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Trump, FLOTUS visit Sabarmati Ashram, try their hand on charkha

The Trump family on their first leg of a two-day India tour on Monday visited the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad. Prime Minister Modi presented them a statue of the 'Three Wise Monkeys' and other mementoes. The Prez said the place gave them a sense of peace.

AHMEDABAD, Feb 24: The American President, Donald Trump, and the US First Lady (FLOTUS), Melania Trump, on a two-day tour of India, alongwith their daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared khushner, paid a visit to the Sabarmati Ashram of Mahatma Gandhi situated on Sabarmati river in Ahmedabad today. Gandhiji had stayed here from 1917 to 1930. The ashram had functioned as a centre for revival of khadi and was a platform for non-violent freedom struggle.

Trump and family, on the first leg of their India tour, had arrived at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International airport in the city at noon in Air Force One, flying in from Maryland, US. They visited the Ashram on their way to the 'Namaste Trump' gala organised at the Motera stadium 20 km away.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi guided the visitors around the Ashram, where Trump and Melania also tried their hand on the khadi spinning wheel, charkha, weaving cotton threads. It was amazing to the visiting dignitary that the thread didn't break!

After taking a round of the ashram for 15 minutes, in the visitors' book Trump wrote, "To my great friend Prime Minister Modi. Thank you for this wonderful visit." Later, on Twitter many people raised a doubt why Trump did not mention Gandhiji's name in his entry in the book.

According to an official, Trump said the place gave them a sense of peace.

At the ashram the Trumps were presented with a marble statue of Gandhiji's favourite 'Three Wise Monkeys' that illustrates the ancient concept of truth, a copy of Gandhiji's 'Talisman' (his mantra for wisdom), khadi stoles, a framed drawing of Gandhiji, a copy of his autobiography and a small charkha. (The 'Three Wise Monkeys' figure conveys the ancient values: 'See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.' In Japanese it's a Mizaru covering his eyes, Kikazaru covering his ears and an Iwazaru covering his mouth.)

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