Sunday, 17 May 2015
“Clean the Minds of Indians First to Create a ‘Clean India’ (Swatchh Bharat)”– Professor M.S.Rao
“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.” ―Mahatma Gandhi
Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi started Swatchh Bharat (clean India) mission on October, 02, 2014 on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The mission is expected to be completed by October 02, 2019 to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birthday. The objective is to create a hygiene India. The movement is catching up across the country and the political parties are competing with each other to display their serious commitment to make India a clean country. But I feel that it is essential to clean the minds of Indians first. It is essential to replace cynicism with optimism; negative attitude with positive attitude; procrastination with punctuality; parochialism with fraternity; regionalism with nationalism.
It is observed that film stars and celebrities clean the street to take photographs with their brooms and walk away with publicity. It has become a brand building exercise to them rather than adding a true value to create a clean India. At times, political parties ask film stars and celebrities to create awareness in the citizens. Any movement must start from the hearts of the people, not from their minds to make it a great success. There must a collaborative effort to clean the minds and hearts of Indians. In fact, former Prime Minster of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew cleaned streets long ago to make Singapore a clean country. He was a visionary leader who built a great country in the world despite dearth of natural resources.
India is a country of many contrasts. India is a land of unity in diversity. We have different languages, religions, ethnicities, castes, cultures, and communities. What is required is to respect all communities keeping secularism as paramount.
The dress we wear is important. At the same time our minds and hearts must be pure and pious. They must be free from pollution. Hence, let us cultivate a positive, right, and strong attitude to make India as a great country in the world. Remember, mental disease is more dangerous than physical disease. When our minds are strong we can overcome any kind of diseases. Hence, ensure Swatchh Bharat not only physically but also mentally, emotionally and spiritually to build a great India. Jai Hind!
"We reached Mars. No PM or Minister went. It was the people who did it, our scientists who did it. So can't we create a Clean India?" ―Narendra Modi, Indian Prime Minister
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