Is Gandhi’s dream finally being realized?
“Cleanliness is Godliness” was a mantra frequently used by Mahatma Gandhi, and he conveyed this important message to the nation as part of his efforts to educate people around him about cleanliness.
He wished to see a clean India where people worked together to achieve this. Gandhi envisioned this back in 1916, and a century later we seem to be finally working seriously towards his vision. Through the pompous launch of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked people from all walks of life to participate in the successful implementation of this mission. The campaign was launched on this day 3 years ago, with a vision to dedicate a Clean India to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary which is in the year 2019.
This vision will only be realised with community participation. When people from the community around Mahatma Gandhi’s ashram objected against covering excreta with earth as they believed that such work was sinful and had to be fulfilled by someone from a lower class, Gandhi decided to change this mindset. In order to do this and set an example, Gandhi would himself go to the villages with a bucket and a stick broom to clean places. Gandhiji did this to let people know that everyone is equally responsible for the mess they make, and no work is inferior.
Gandhi started a newspaper called Harijan where he regularly wrote about the importance of hygiene, equality, non-violence and other relevant social topics . Thus, the Father of our Nation fought not only against the oppression of the British rule in India but also against the prejudices Indians had regarding sanitation and hygiene.
These steps taken by Gandhi almost a century ago continue to inspire us to work towards a clean India with proper sanitation facilities. Little things like segregating our garbage, not littering and being conscious consumers are ways we can help realise the dream of a clean and better India. Let’s take a stand and honour this man on his birthday by being responsible citizens and working towards a clean, impartial and progressive India.