This is the second in a series of articles planned on Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
For me swachh bharat abhiyaan presents a dichotomy. On one hand, I see these politicians and superstars cleaning already clean streets with a brand new broom and a subtle sophistication conscious of the fact that they can’t afford to spoil their all shiny cloths. They are flashed on screens and occupy the headlines. On the other hand we have these unsung heroes around us. Sweepers in our schools, housekeeping staffs in our offices, maids at our homes, garbage collectors in our society. No one talks about them. They work day in and day out to keep our locality clean. No one thanks them. No one appreciates them. They are seen with contempt; underpaid and under appreciated.
I am not gainsaying the benefits of Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan or its impact. Entire country has woken up to the importance of sanitation. Sanitation is one of the basic requirements which has been comfortably ignored till now. Our image to the world is of dirty India. Even in the movies like Slumdog Millionaire, our country comes across as poor, hungry and dirty. Even if we ignore what the world thinks of us, lack of sanitation leads to many diseases.
Am I against celebrities and politicians joining this initiative? Ofcourse not. These are the role-models people follow. All I am saying is that recognition to them should not be at the cost of those who deserve it.
Its NOW or NEVER!!