CLEAN INDIA: CAN PHOTO-OP MINISTERS DELIVER US OCTOBER 2, 2019?

Reports say prime minister Narendra Modi was worried about the sustainability of the Clean India campaign in discussions with his officials.

And his worries came true on October 2, Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary, the day which Narendra Modi chose to launch the campaign with the message of the Mahatma on cleanliness.

The reason to link it to the Mahatma was making it an all encompassing initiative, beyond party politics, because the ambitious target of the cleaning the whole country by the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in 2019, the target set by Narendra Modi, can only be achieved with participation of everyone, the Union Government, the state governments, their bureaucracies and the public. It has to operate at a non-political level. The political will to steer it ahead has to be non-partisan.

And that was in Narendra Modi’s mind while his government was working on designing the campaign. And it had to begun from his house, his government. It had to reflect in the acts of his colleagues.

But what to say about others when his own ministers put a big question marl. Most of them failed the intent on the very day of launching.

Delhi, like any other Indian city, is no free of filth. In fact such spots in the whole country have prime visibility and a nauseating presence. But, here about Delhi, as Delhi was championing the cause.

A good intent to clean Delhi (or India) of filth could have easily found more than enough ‘real’ spots in Delhi. But except few, all other ministers looked to take it lightly, like they have been doing it, diluting and compromising the essence of any intent on the public cause.

And that was when it was spoken of emphatically by their Prime Minister who came out, proved seriousness of his intent yet again, and tried to convey it to his ministers, but, the ‘but’ remained.

Most of his ministers reduced it to a photo-op event only. Like the ‘seasoned’ politicians (and bureaucrats) have been doing in India, they didn’t even care what their ‘clean’ photographs would tell that they rushed to upload on their social media and Internet platforms.

Except a few, it is hard to locate filth in almost of their photographs, not even dirt. Google it and find volumes of photographs if willing to dig more. It was sad for the country that who could make a mark were very few.

Ministers are supposed to set the bar high, to set examples for others to follow, to bring the change, to sustain it in the long term to bring the quality change, folks from the political lot, but as they have failed us mostly, they failed us even this time.

Someone said we should focus on positive points irrespective of these routine political behaviours, that there were people on the ground doing what was expected from them to do, that even if few of them could do it, the event was worth it.

Silly! This complacency has been the central bane plaguing the Indian democracy.

The ambitious target of the Clean India Campaign or the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan would remain a distant dream with such a complacent attitude and such a political lot believing more in words than action.

The Clean India Campaign has to be a mindset campaign first but how can we believe that such politicians who are expected to drive the change to bring the mindset change would be able to deliver?

We can rightly blame the Janata (the public) for its mindset here as well, but here the change has to begin from the government, from its ministers.

When most of the ministers could not deliver on the day-1, how can they be trusted to deliver us the ‘ultimate day’ after five years?

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SPOT FILTH! LOCATE GARBAGE! WHERE IS LITTER? THOSE WHO FAILED TO MAKE A MARK

(..by the photographs..)

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Delhi, like any other Indian city, is no free of filth. Yes, being the National Capital of India, it has some very nice, clean patches like the Lutyens’ Delhi or the posh localities of its different city districts. But except few of the places, the measures are cosmetic one can find on digging more. Main roads are clean in many areas but take a little detour to lanes and arterial roads and one can see the pathetic condition.

West Delhi, East Delhi and North Delhi are full of such spots. And one can find such spots even in the Lutyens’ Delhi, in Connaught Place, in poshest of Central Delhi and South Delhi localities, in isolated spots of Ministries, in frequented areas of many of its buildings housing the institutions and the bureaucrats. And for the whole country, don’t ask, such spots have prime visibility and a nauseating presence.

So, a good intent to clean India of filth could have easily found more than enough of spots in Delhi, or for that matter, in different parts of the country as the campaign was launched nationally.

But, here about Delhi, as Delhi was championing the cause.

But except few, all others looked to take it lightly, like they have been doing it, diluting and compromising the essence of the intent.

And that too, when it was to be launched on October 2, the birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, with his message on cleanliness and a photograph where he looks deeply engaged in cleaning garbage.

And that too, when it was spoken of emphatically by a strong Prime Minister who came out this morning, proved seriousness of his intent yet again, and tried to convey it to his ministers, but it went in vain.

The photographs of a serious initiative that was treated as yet another photo-op by most of the political functionaries are self explanatory. Nothing more to write about them.

It is sad and unfortunate (but expected) that who could make a mark are very few (of the high profile names the photographs of whom could be located online), ministers who are supposed to set the bar high, to set examples for others to follow, to bring the change, to sustain it in the long term to bring the quality change, folks from the political lot, but they have failed mostly, even this time.

So, here is the benchmark: The Mahatma

Bapu Cleaning Twitter photo

There are very few who can claim to be honest and serious on keeping the promise of the day. All others failed on what the Mahatma look to symbolize and convey from his photograph above.

Here they are who wasted yet another opportunity. They just passed the day, ignoring the message of the intent while focusing on false symbolism. There looked a rush to pose with brooms and upload them on social media platforms.

But by the very elements of their profile photographs put a big question mark on ‘how serious they were’.

Cleaning Collage 7  Cleaning Collage 8

Cleaning Collage 9   Cleaning Collage 10  Cleaning Collage 12

SPOT FILTH! LOCATE GARBAGE! WHERE IS LITTER? THOSE WHO FAILED TO MAKE A MARK

**(The photographs in the this write-up have been sourced from the Internet – from Press Information Bureau, from Twitter handles, from different media reports and from different websites).

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/

SPOT FILTH! LOCATE GARBAGE! WHERE IS LITTER? THOSE WHO MADE A MARK

(..by the photographs..)

Delhi, like any other Indian city, is no free of filth. Yes, being the National Capital of India, it has some very nice, clean patches like the Lutyens’ Delhi or the posh localities of its different city districts. But except few of the places, the measures are cosmetic one can find on digging more. Main roads are clean in many areas but take a little detour to lanes and arterial roads and one can see the pathetic condition.

West Delhi, East Delhi and North Delhi are full of such spots. And one can find such spots even in the Lutyens’ Delhi, in Connaught Place, in poshest of Central Delhi and South Delhi localities, in isolated spots of Ministries, in frequented areas of many of its buildings housing the institutions and the bureaucrats. And for the whole country, don’t ask, such spots have prime visibility and a nauseating presence.

So, a good intent to clean India of filth could have easily found more than enough of spots in Delhi, or for that matter, in different parts of the country as the campaign was launched nationally.

But, here about Delhi, as Delhi was championing the cause.

But except few, all others looked to take it lightly, like they have been doing it, diluting and compromising the essence of the intent.

And that too, when it was to be launched on October 2, the birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, with his message on cleanliness and a photograph where he looks deeply engaged in cleaning garbage.

And that too, when it was spoken of emphatically by a strong Prime Minister who came out this morning, proved seriousness of his intent yet again, and tried to convey it to his ministers, but it went in vain.

The photographs of a serious initiative that was treated as yet another photo-op by most of the political functionaries are self explanatory. Nothing more to write about them.

It is sad and unfortunate (but expected) that who could make a mark are very few (of the high profile names the photographs of whom could be located online), ministers who are supposed to set the bar high, to set examples for others to follow, to bring the change, to sustain it in the long term to bring the quality change, folks from the political lot, but they have failed mostly, even this time.

So, here is the benchmark: The Mahatma

Bapu Cleaning Twitter photo

And here are they, who can say they were serious and tried to emulate Bapu’s ways.

Cleaning Collage 1

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CLEAN INDIA: BROOM, BROOM, O DEAR BROOM

Broom, broom, O dear broom!
After Kejriwal, you get into Modi’s room!
And it’s all so rapidly done, all set to vroom!

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intentions are beyond doubt but what about his ministers and the bureaucratic Janata (public) overall?

The folks are wielding brooms before cameras, posing for portfolio style snapshots and uploading them on social media platforms while cleaning the ‘cleanliness’, where finding dirt/garbage/litter will be a time-taking task.

Ravishankar Prasad, Smriti Irani, Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Dr. Jeetendra Singh (all others following and to follow as well), they all could not find a ‘definitive’ littered spot, a filthy stretch while posing with their brooms – now, even prime minister Modi would not believe it, that in Delhi, in India, his dear ministers could not find a place with some real garbage that needed some real cleaning.

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan – a good intent, a good mission, but such acts not only defy the purpose, they also look cacophonous, sounding like a clear sham.

There are reports saying Modi will walk 4 Kms while launching the Campaign tomorrow, and it will force many of his ministers and bureaucrats to walk.

And going by Modi’s record, it can have substantive act on the ground, in real terms.

What would these folks do then?

🙂

Spot dirt! Spot Garbage! Where is the litter? (..in these photographs..)

(Photographs sourced from the Internet)

Cleaning 1

Cleaning 2

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