India is a land of exotic civilization which is now claimed to be socially as well as politically driven. It has been mentioned by the intellectuals that Mahatma Gandhi was the propagator of cleanliness in India to save the Indian clear picture on the world map. Now, our newly formed government have revived this concept and changed it into Swachh Bharat. On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, like an old wine in new bottle, our Prime Minister has launched this nationwide campaign at Rajghat, New Delhi. Modi himself wielded broom and cleaned in Connaught Place and has nominated nine prominent people from every walk of life and has told them to nominate nine other people and so on.
It has got immense support from Indian Army, Border Security Force, India Air Force and even Indian President Pranab Mukherjee asked every Indian to devote 100 hours annually in this cleanliness drive. We can see the cleanliness scenario from the day of its launch on 2nd October, 2014 in schools, colleges, offices, parks, roads. All of a sudden, our government have thought about it. But why? Ice Bucket Challenge was also a recently renowned drive for the awareness of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ASL) which not only doing the awareness campaign but also raising the fund for it. We can easily understand this idea of cleaning 4041 statutory towns to clean streets, roads, infrastructure of the country after getting influenced from other such activities. There is nothing wrong in adapting anyone’s good idea. But, according to daily coming smoke of scandals, our national figures like Shazia Ilmi, Satish Upadhayay cleaned those places which have been intentional made dirty. And the paramount question is do we need to have any campaign for cleanliness.
Isn’t it our ethical responsibility to keep our mother earth clean? Rationally, if we will not put the trash here and there or if we will clean our own area then there will be no need of becoming a photo opportunist. That’s what Rahul Gandhi said in the response to the faces of this campaign. This campaign has got the support from many national characters like Anil Ambani, Sachin Tendulkar, Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Baba Ramdev etc. This campaign has been termed as “beyond politics” and “inspired by patriotism” which has a vision of “Clean India” by 2nd October 2019. It is expected to cost Rs. 62000 crore.
But, let’s remember the time of 2014 Lok Sabha Election when Modi talked about the cleanliness of corruption. And now, he has nominated the people like Anil Ambani, Baba Ramdev etc. who are facing corruption allegation. How can we expect such people to clean our country who are destroying our system? Why does our government always forget other issues while fulfilling our vision? It will definitely lead to political benefit as it has been again and again said that these corrupt businessmen have supported Modi-led government to win the election. So, by including them, how can we say that this campaign is beyond politics?
We all say India is a home for us in patriotism. So, do we need to have any operation to clean our home? Where is our morality? Is it dead or financed by money and fame? But, if this drive can actually bring the change to have a hygienic life then there is no harm in joining it. In this event, more than 3 million government employees, school and college students of India have participated which has made it India’s biggest ever cleanliness drive and showing our national characters like politicos, film stars, businessmen and god men into the moral leader of cleanliness despite of being subjected for crime, corruption, etc. Time will certainly clear the picture that it will help to fulfill our national and ethical responsibility or it will become the eyewash to re-frame their image.