A clean India would be the best tribute India could pay to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150 birth anniversary in 2019," said Shri Narendra Modi as he launched the Swachh Bharat Mission at Rajpath in New Delhi. On 2nd October 2014, Swachh Bharat Mission was launched throughout the length and breadth of the country as a national movement. The campaign aims to achieve the vision of a 'Clean India' by 2nd October 2019. 

Every year we especially remember Mahatma Gandhi on 2 October and 30 January, but unfortunately, the big dream of that great soul is still a dream, after the 75th anniversary of Indian independence! India, the largest democratic country which gave birth to yoga, chess, main religions like Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and has a history of long 200 years of independence struggle are on a path of development and innovation. but...One big factor where India needs to improve is in SANITATION AND CLEANLINESS.

We have proud tourist places like the Taj Mahal, Kulu, Leh, Manali, Delhi, Hampi, Ellora caves, Munnar in Kerala, and many more. India is well known in the outer world for its culture and traditions, but the supreme complaint the visitors tell us is that it lacks cleanliness..! Our water sources like the holy Ganga are filled with plastics and other wastes. Shockingly, it is not done by outside tourists, but we Indians themselves..! When we visit Venice, Paris, China, etc.. we will be wondered! because we can't see any paper or poster in such places,  it is not due to strict rules and fines, but due to self-awareness, people can't make it dirty due to its beauty and tradition which is followed by all tourists without no one watching them.

Countries like India should make them as models for at least protecting our tourists, heritage places. "Cleanliness leads to Godliness". We are greatly associated with sanitation and cleaning nowadays due to one person - M. K. Gandhi. and prime minister Narendra Modi.

"Sanitation is more important than independence “ - Mahatma Gandhi

Yes, Our national father who said tata bye-bye to great Britain by using Ahimsa and Satyagraha as weapons gave supreme importance to sanitation. He dreamt of total sanitized India.. and propagated cleanliness and sanitation are an integral part of life for people and the development of a nation.

"Everyone must be his own scavenger" - M. K. Gandhi

Gandhi's scavenging started in South Africa and his friends called him GREAT SCAVENGER.

"l will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet “ - Gandhiji

On his second trip to India from South Africa, he attended Calcutta Congress session, Watching meeting in a very pathetic condition, he asked volunteers to clean it.. they replied it is not our job, let sweeper may do it. At this, Gandhi responded immediately by telling, “Taking the broom and cleaning alone with the western attire which surprised them..! Later, when Gandhi became the captain of the ship ( INC ), volunteers formed Bhangi (sweeper) squad. Brahmins were also engaged in cleaning activities and thus called Bhabhis.

"l would be content if I could die as sweeper". - Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

He gave importance to sanitation prior to independence because he knew the independent country with proper sanitation is like a dog with full coconut ' ( No Use ). We gave importance to education, well-settled job, technology, automobile, health care. But, not sanitation ... If we ask foreigners picture of India, it will surely include dirty crowded slums, villages with no toilets and rivers with flowing plastic bottles...

"So long as you do not take the broom and the bucket in your hands, You cannot make your town and cities clean" - M. K. Gandhi

India's position in the development index 2020 is 131. When 2 October 2014, Swatch Bharat started our sanitation was 36.7%. In 2017,it became 59.5% and 93.3% in 2019... But, still, the health issues related to no proper sanitation are still a barrier for India's good future. international reports tell us that, by 2030 India will become the sole supreme enemy to China in development by overcoming the USA.

It is my duty to make my India clean and protect it from becoming dirty. Every day we take the pledge, but useless. Every year, we remember Gandhi, the great man of simple techniques... but no one is ready to change themselves. We can't clean India from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and from Arunachal Pradesh to Gujarat. But, we can clean our house and our surroundings and the places we are. if the whole 139 crore people of a nation take this into action, then nothing can stop us.

Remember, it is not for Gandhi or Modiji, but it is for you and your future generations... if we can give back anything to them, it is this.. simple but powerful.

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