A four-minute film showing rare footage of Mahatma Gandhi and his ideas on cleanliness is likely to be aired during the launch of the Swachh Bharat mission by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 2. Produced by the Information & Broadcasting Ministry, the film showcases several rare video clips and photographs of the Mahatma.
The short film also has several clips of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech, wherein he talked about gifting a Swachh Bharat to Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary in 2019.
Sources said that the government plans to erect more than a dozen giant screens — possibly at the Rajpath-Rafi Marg crossing where the PM will launch the mission — to show the film. The film is also likely to be aired on Doordarshan.
The initiative, which has been executed in a hurry, is in line with Modi’s directions to the I&B Ministry to dig out the footage and get it ready to be aired on Gandhi Jayanti.
As first reported by The Indian Express, Modi, in an interaction with I&B ministry officials in June, had said that despite there being sufficient archive material available on Gandhi, the content aired on Doordarshan about him was inadequate.
The PM had told ministry officials that he would like to see rare audio and videos of Gandhi retrieved, restored, and packaged as short capsules to be aired on Doordarshan and All India Radio.
At railway stations today
Many of Narendra Modi’s ministers will be participating in the cleanliness drive by the Railways at its stations as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. A look at who will be where today:
Rajnath Singh: Charbag, Lucknow
Ram Vilas Paswan: Hajipur
Upendra Kushwaha: Hajipur
Maneka Gandhi: Pilibhit
Uma Bharti: Jhansi
Ananth Kumar: Bangalore
Ravi Shankar Prasad: Patna
Ashok Gajpathi Raju: Visakhapatnam
Anant Gangaram Geete: Rajgarh
Narendra Singh Tomar: Gwalior
Jual Oram: Bhubaneswar
Dharmendra Pradhan: Bhubaneswar
Radha Mohan Singh: Motihari
Thaawar Chand Gehlot: Nagda
V K Singh: Ghaziabad
Santosh Kumar Gangwar: Bareli
Shripad Yasso Naik: Madagaon
Sarbananda Sonowal: Guwahati
Mansukhbhai Vasava: Ankleshwar
P Radhakrishnan: Nagercoil
Nihalchand Meghwal: Ganganagar
Sanjeev Kumar Balyan: Muzaffarnagar
G M Siddeswara: Dawangare
Harshvardhan: New Delhi
Harsimrat Kaur: Bhatinda