Gandhi's Vision to See a Clean India

On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, Akhil Bhartiya Terapanth Mahila Mandal received various articles from people across the country. The topic given was 'Gandhi's Vision to See a Clean India'. Every article had its own essence and indeed a lot of thought was put in. One articles essence caught our attention the most and we are pleased to publish the first blog written by Mrs. Sunita Mohnot.


“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.” — Mahatma Gandhi 

Gandhiji had a revolutionary vision about making India clean, he realized India's emancipation was possible through sanitation and not just independence. He said, “A clean body cannot reside in an unclean city”. His message is a sharp reminder to anyone who takes the liberty to defecate in the open, throw garbage, or spit anywhere that this is a crime against humanity, and this behavior deserves penalty just as is the case in western countries, where ironically the same people will follow all the rules. So why not in our own country? 

“देश के कई दुश्मनों में अस्वच्छता भी एक है”…..To fight with this enemy, our Prime Minister had launched Swachh Bharat Campaign to fulfill the unfulfilled dream of Gandhiji’s clean and green India by following these simple rules below. As Gandhiji said, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world”. 
  1. Stop littering. Dispose garbage properly otherwise our pure and sacred rivers will be polluted and contaminated, breeding diseases. 
  2. Keep roads clean. Do not throw empty plastic bottles, plates of bhelpuri, or packets of chips flying out of car or bus. 
  3. Teach children. Gandhiji while inspecting a school, advised teachers that besides educating children to become IAS officers, doctors, or engineers, teach them proper hygiene habits and make scavengers out of them so they keep their surroundings clean. 

Inspired by his vision, here are few lines by a young student:

"निकल पड़ा था दांडी तक जो, वापस वही उमंग चले,
गली गली से बच्चा बच्चा, हाथ मिलाकर संग चले ,
भारत स्वच्छ बनाने हेतु, कदम मिलाकर हम चले "

Let’s make Gandhi’s vision a reality.
"एक छिलका अगर उठायेगा 
तो तिरंगा स्वतः ही लहरायेगा "

-Mrs. Sunita Mohnot


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