This boy’s little act to keep the Delhi metro clean is bigger than any campaign

Even with the Swachh Bharat mission to make the citizens aware, there has been little change in the country, as a lot of lanes still reek of dirt and garbage. However, an incident that took place in the Jaipur metro will completely change your perception about people.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 23, 2017 4:43 pm
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“Cleanliness is next to godliness!” We all have heard this phrase, but only a few of us actually implement it in our lives. Even with the Swachh Bharat mission and the workshops organised to make the citizens aware, nothing much has changed, as a lot of lanes still reek of dirt and garbage. However, an incident that took place in the Delhi metro, will completely change your perception about people.

A Delhi man was travelling in the metro when he saw that the clean and mopped floor was getting filthy. A young boy, who was sitting in front of him with plugged earphones was taking out his water bottle from his bag when his tiffin box fell, and all his lunch spilled onto the floor. While he thought that the metro would now be dirty all day long with the food that had tumbled out, what the boy did next step left the man baffled.

The boy — Pranjal Dubey — tore out a page from his copy and started picking up the mess he had accidentally made in the metro. After gathering all of it, he took his handkerchief and cleaned the floor to leave it clean. Moved by his gestures, the user Shubham Verma enquired about his name and later shared the incident on his Facebook page with Pranjal Dubey’s photos.

The copy has been updated after it came to light that the post was originally published by Shubham Verma. The writer alleged on Hoot.org that a Facebook user, Sunil Choudhary, had “plagiarised his post” and altered facts. While the incident happened in Delhi Metro, Choudhary’s post that eventually went viral, had wrongly attributed it happening in Jaipur Metro. Several media organisations, including the IndianExpress.com, had picked up Chowdhury’s post as it was going viral then and had garnered more than 27,000 likes and 4,000 shares, initially when the copy was published.

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    Shubham Verma
    Jul 18, 2017 at 1:25 pm
    Sunil chaudhary was not travelling anywhere. He has stolen my post. It was me who posted this on facebook in 7th july. It is an incident of Delhi metro not jaipur metro. Everyone of you is copy pasting things without research. Shame on you. Check my facebook profile - theshubhamv is my fb name search and check the facts. I posted it on 7th july and your hero posted it on 8th july after stealing my content.
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      HARDEV KUMAR
      Jul 18, 2017 at 11:29 am
      Sunil Chaudhary, Chor ho aap na to aap Pranjal Dubey ko jante ho na hi Ye Jaipur Metro ka Pic pahle to ye batao Jaipur metro mai aapka route kon sa hai aur kon se route par aap daily safar karte ho aur aapko daily seat nahi milti jhoot ke pair nahi hote aap itna hi acha likhte ho to apna likho na dusro ka copy paste karte ho aapne daali hai 8th july ko jabki asli post 7th July ko post ho chuki thi wo bhi Delhi metro mai na ki jaipur metro mai. Screen Shot bhej rha hun actual post ka
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        HARDEV KUMAR
        Jul 18, 2017 at 11:30 am
        s: facebook /photo.php?fbid 10211347982669613 set pcb.10211347983909644 type 3 theater
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        Ajay Singh
        Jul 15, 2017 at 1:06 pm
        Well done Pranjal Dubey .... and Sunil Choudhary for highlighting it. I hope it motivates all Indians to keep their surroundings clean. It is, unfortunately, not surprising that onlookers were "baffled" that someone cleaned up their own mess it is unfortunate because the act of cleaning up your own mess is normal behaviour. In most other countries it would be expected, not be an act worthy of any particular praise. But in India, for some unknown reason we think that to despoil ones surroundings is acceptable to clean up after oneself unusual and that cleaning up a dirty mess is somehow menial work beneath our social status. It is interesting to note the example of Japan, where in contrast, to leave behind a mess in a public space is considered is an act of great disrespect to society so much so that there are very few dustbins on the street because everyone simply takes their garbage home to dispose of it ! May more people follow Pranjal's excellent example.
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          neeraj agrawal
          Jul 15, 2017 at 7:11 am
          Hats off to the boy for his thoughtful act.
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