Follow Us:
Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Modi presents Swachh Bharat as tribute to Gandhi

Naidu, while releasing the books, emphasised on the values of compassion and non-violence espoused by the Father of the Nation.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
April 11, 2017 5:03:51 am
narendra modi, swachh bharat, open Defecation free, swachh bharat mission, Swachhagraha, pm modi, champaran satyagraha, indian express, india news A view of National Archives of India where an exhibition entitled “Swachchhagrah – Bapu Ko Karyanjali – Ek Abhiyan, Ek Pradarshani” is organised to mark the 100 years of Mahatma Gandhi’s first experiment of Satyagraha in Champaran, in New Delhi on Monday. PTI Photo

Stating that over 1.88 lakh villages across 130 districts in the country have been declared as Open Defecation Free since the launch of the Swachh Bharat Mission two and half years ago, PM Narendra Modi said cleanliness was the only way to live by the principles of Mahatma Gandhi in the 21st century. Modi was speaking at ‘Swachhagraha: Bapu Ko Karyanjali’ at the National Archives of India. The event was held to mark the 100th anniversary of the Champaran Satyagraha, the first non-violent movement led by Gandhi to protest against the British policy of forcing farmers in Bihar’s Champaran district to cultivate indigo instead of food crops.

Taking off from the issue of the Satyagraha, Modi said Gandhi is fundamentally a swachhagrahi (one who insists on cleanliness) and one who said cleanliness is more important than political freedom. Pointing out that apart from a change in the system, Gandhi also wanted change in the value system, Modi said, “The success of this mission (Swachh Bharat) is the true tribute (shraddhanjali) to Bapu and true endeavour (karyanjali)”.

At another event to mark the Champaran Satyagraha, reported by PTI, Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu released three old and seminal publications on Mahatma Gandhi that were “restored” to mark 100 years of his Satyagraha movement.

Naidu, while releasing the books, emphasised on the values of compassion and non-violence espoused by the Father of the Nation.

Subscriber Only Stories
UPSC Key-August 17, 2022: Why you should read ‘Remission’ or ‘Free Speech...Premium
BJP shake-up: Gadkari & Shivraj out of Parliamentary Board, Yediyurap...Premium
Crypto romance scams: ‘Asian women’ on Twitter are coming for...Premium
Cheetahs are set to arrive in India, what the big cats have to sayPremium

“Gandhiji’s life is a valuable lesson of humanity, compassion, determination to achieve desired goals through non-violence and inclusion,” he said.

📣 Join our Telegram channel (The Indian Express) for the latest news and updates

For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App.

  • Newsguard
  • The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards.
  • Newsguard
First published on: 11-04-2017 at 05:03:51 am
0 Comment(s) *
* The moderation of comments is automated and not cleared manually by

Featured Stories