Gandhi Jayanti: India celebrates Mahatma Gandhi's 148th birth anniversary today
The nation today remembered Mahatma Gandhi on his 148th birth anniversary, with President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other leaders paying floral tributes to him at his memorial in New Delhi. Every year, the nation pays homage to Mahatma Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, who was fondly called Bapu
, on his birth anniversary on October 2, which is also known as Gandhi Jayanti. Born in 1869 in Gujarat's Porbandar, Mahatma Gandhi had his early political training in South Africa while working among the local Indian community facing discrimination. October 2 is also the birth anniversary of Lal Bahadur Shastri, the second prime minister of the country. He had given the famous slogan 'Jai Jawan Jai Kisan'
(Hail the Soldier, Hail the Farmer).
Here are the highlights from PM Modi's speech on the third anniversary of the Clean India campaign:
The Prime Minister concluded his speech saying "I congratulate all those who supported and took part in the Swachhata Hi Seva movement. I keep saying- this is the start. We should continue the momentum built by the movement"
Speaking on the condition of rural India, the Prime Minister said "People in villages still go out in the open to defecate. Not only is it unhygienic and harmful, it is also unsafe and a matter of shame. Should our mothers, sisters, wife and daughters face such a situation, where they have to go out in the open? We must have a toilet at home and we must use it."
The Prime Minister said "Let us start with our homes. Ask yourselves. Are you used to leaving things around for someone else to pick up and put in its place? Think about the mother in a house, who ensures that her home is clean and hygienic. you might leave something lying around, but she always puts it back where it belongs. We must start from there. Do your bit at home. ensure it is clean. don't depend on others to do the work that you should be doing."
"The duty and responsibility of cleanliness is a feeling of doing something not just for ourselves, but for others. We must ensure we leave the space we are in clean for the next person." PM Modi said.
PM Modi said "The Swachh Bharat Mission is about both 'Vyavastha' (systems) and 'Vichar' (thought process and mindset)"
PM Modi, comparing India to other countries, said "I have met several people, and I'm certain you all would have met such people too, who say their trip abroad left them awestruck by how clean cities and towns and villages abroad were. People say that the streets are spotless. Everything was so clean."
"I ask them 'Did you see people throwing garbage?', they say no. I say that is what our problem is. That is what needs to be changed. And ultimately that change will come from each individual."
Harshita Narvekar, local Municipal Corporator at Cuff Parade, backs citizen initiatives like waste segregation and upcycling at the Banega Swachh India cleanathon in Mumbai
The Prime Minister stressed on the benefits of a clean India, saying "Cleanliness is something we all desire. Even when we're busy doing other things, we subconsciously look out for cleanliness. Therefore it is a natural instinct for us to be clean and want cleanliness."
Addressing the nation on the occasion of Rashtriya Swachhta Diwas, Prime Minister Narendra Modi
says that everyone likes cleanliness, but the problem in our country is the lack of willingness to do it ourselves. Even a 1,000 Mahatma Gandhis, a 1,00,000 Narendra Modis and several Chief Ministers cannot make the dream of a Swachh Bharat True. But it over 120 crore Indians come together, India will definitely become cleaner.
Speaking on his Swachh India campaign, PM Modi said "When I said come out and participate in activities for cleaning your surroundings, lots of people complained and criticized saying you have spoiled a holiday for children"
He said he had patiently heard out what people had to say, adding that he as learned how to be patient over time.
In the run-up to the Clean India anniversary, the prime minister had sought feedback on the campaign. "Do take part in the 'Swachhata Samvad' on the NM (Narendra Modi) App and share what you feel about aspects of Swachh Bharat Mission," he had tweeted.
This is the third anniversary of the Clean India campaign, which was announced by the Prime Minister in 2014. On the occasion, he had promised universal cleanliness by 2021. The Clean India message will be underscored with a host of programmes across the nation, in which Chief Ministers, sports and Bollywood icons and the civil society will join in. A number of awards will be given out for the efforts on individual and corporate levels for efforts to uphold the Clean India campaign.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation at 11 am today on the third anniversary of his flagship 'Swachh Bharat' or 'Clean India' campaign and the 148th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. He will address the nation from Vigyan Bhavan for the "Swachhta Diwas" celebrations.
At Mumbai's Chimbai beach, the NGO United Way has been instrumental in cleaning up a lot of the 4-feet high garbage mound that dominated the beach a few years back. For the Banega Swachh India cleanathon, a gathering of young and old have come together to clean the Chimbai beach.
Remembering Mahatma Gandhi on his 148th birth anniversary today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: "I bow to beloved Bapu on Gandhi Jayanti. His noble ideals motivate millions across the world." He also shared a short video paying homage to Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi.
October 2 is also the birth anniversary of Lal Bahadur Shastri, the second prime minister of India. He had given the famous slogan 'Jai Jawan Jai Kisan' (Hail the Soldier, Hail the Farmer).
Born in 1869 in Gujarat's Porbandar, Mahatma Gandhi had his early political training in South Africa while working among the local Indian community facing discrimination.
The nation today remembered Mahatma Gandhi on his 148th birth anniversary, with President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other leaders giving floral tributes to him at his memorial in New Delhi. Every year, the nation pays homage to Mahatma Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, who was fondly called Bapu, on his birth anniversary on October 2, which is also known as Gandhi Jayanti.
Former prime minister Manmohan Singh was also among the firsts to reach Rajghat.
Gearing up for mass Shramdaan activities at Allahabad as a part of the Swachhata Hi Seva campaign.
#Mere10Guz: Little more than an hour to go for the Banega Swachh India 12-hour cleanathon. Watch live with Amitabh Bachchan, 9 AM onwards.