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Clean India: A tribute to Mahatma Gandhi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the Swacha Bharat Abhiyan on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday. Through this campaign PM aims to make India clean by 2019 and realise Gandhiji’s dream of clean surroundings. He also said that this campaign is social and not political and appealed for active participation from citizens. Modi had nominated the names of nine persons to spread awareness about cleanliness programme. Modi also administered a pleadge to thousands of people, including schools children and government employees at Rajpath for remaining committed to cleanliness to make the country clean.

Modi also announced starting a campaign on cleanliness through social media using his website and other such websites, including a new website dedicated to the clean India campaign. Union Drinking and Sanitation Minister Nitin Gadkari said the gram panchayats are also participating in the campaign and said all were extending their support to the mission. However, you will notice that he did not recommend the name of any RSS heavy weight.

There is no point in putting Jayalalithaa in the jail. Amma should be allowed to continue as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and utilize the wealth for public welfare. I believe if we take this step then she will work like a “messiah” this time. The same aspect is applicable to RJP President Lalu Prasad Yadav who is also a brilliant communicator. Yadav’s wealth should be seized and he should be asked to become the Chief Minister and work for public causes. He will work better as compared to his previous reign. There is no point in sending these leaders in jail. We should adopt reformative attitude. Sanjay Dutt is needlessly binding books in the jail. Dutt can be made incharge of cleanliness and he can do wonders by persuading his fans to keep Mumbai clean.

BJP leaders have not done the right thing by humiliating Jaswant Singh who could have been easily accommodated in the cabinet. The other day Strob Talbott, American Foreign Policy Analyst remembered him as a good friend. Modi is scheduled to address several rallies in Maharashtra which will benefit the BJP but now the party should stop relying only on one person. Modi should now not remain in the election mode but must start implementing the agenda with some vigour. The functioning of bureaucrats must be monitored otherwise work will become pending. Certain basic penalties must be imposed to deter citizens from spitting in public places and littering. For implementing this task, the municipal authorities will have to move out of their comfort zones.

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