Chief Minister Anandiben Patel Saturday revealed that she gave consent to her daughter Anar to marry Jayesh, ‘Toilet Man of India’ Ishwarbhai Patel’s son, the moment she learnt that he was ‘the Safaiwala’s son’. She said this while speaking at the fifth death anniversary function of Ishwarbhai Patel held at Tagore Hall, Paldi here. To mark this a cultural event, ‘Sakal Lok ma Saune Vande’, was organized by Gandhi Ashram Shaikshnik Sankul Parivar, which is related to the Safai Vidyalay founded by Ishwarbhai and located adjacent to Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram.
During the event the brief life of Ishwarbhai was played through a ballet having characters like Mahatma Gandhi among others. The musical rendition depicted Ishwarbhai’s thoughts on cleanliness, Gandhi as his inspiration and his struggle to create a movement which earned him much popularity and a Padmashri award.
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Sharing stage with Anar and Jayesh and Ishwarbhai’s wife, Anandiben said, “I got hold of Anar’s book and found a picture in it. I asked her whose picture it was and about his father. She said he was Ishwarbhai’s son. I said that ‘Safaiwala’s son ?’ and she said ‘yes’. I immediately gave my consent.” On hearing this, the audience gave a loud cheers.
Patel, a former teacher, said that she knew Ishwarbhai much before the wedding of her daughter as he used to come to her school for talks on cleanliness and sanitation. Praising his work in sanitation, she said that lots of NGOs, including Manav Sadhna run by Jayesh’s, are helping the government. On the other hand, Swami Chidanand Saraswati who was one of the guests, said that he was “impressed with the event and till then our roots are strong Indian culture will remain alive.”
“After watching this event it seems that the time has come when sweepers and saints should meet together and do Kumbh in Ujjain. Too many Shivalay (Shiva’s temples) have been built. Now, it’s time to built shauchalay (toilets). Praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi he said that only Modi can be in Kabul in the morning and in Lahore he same evening. “Modi saheb kamaal ke hai (Modi is wonderful).”