Prime Minister Narendra Modi brought the world’s attention to his parliamentary community when he gifted US Vice-President Kamala Harris a chess set made of pink enamel, known as ‘gulabi meena’, from Varanasi on Thursday. PM Modi also gifted a memento of the same material, a ship, to Australian PM Scott Morrison.
The gifts were made by Kunjbihari, a resident of the Gaighat area of Varanasi, who had received the President’s Award earlier for his craft. Kunjbihari told a leading media house from India that he was informed on September 19 about PM Modi’s plan to take the chess set and ship made by him to the US. He had gone to Delhi Central Cottage Industries to hand over all the gifts. He came to know later that the souvenirs made by him were gifted to the US VP and Australian PM. PM Modi had also taken a Vrikshasan from Kunjbihari which was gifted to a VIP in the US.
Kunjbihari explained that the craft with pink enamel was a very difficult job. It is done only on silver and gold and the color is made from metal oxide. The pink color is equipped by mixing sandalwood oil with gold. This art came to India during the Mughal period.
PM Modi, who arrived in the US to attend the summit of Quad leaders, also met Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. PM Modi had met with the two leaders ahead of the summit held under the leadership of US President Joe Biden. Both countries are important strategic partners of India.