Saturday 29 November 2014

Cleanliness is Godliness

We are well versed with this saying: “Cleanliness is Godliness”. We try to keep our home tidy and clean to attract positive energy and to keep the ambiance healthy. However we have a paradoxical attitude when it comes to maintaining the cleanliness of our city or country. Pissing and puking on the roadside, spitting while walking on the road, throwing food packets and chewing gum in the open road doesn’t sound to be an obnoxious activity for most Indians. It seems as natural as the birds have wings.

This abominable attitude of most Indians has startled the foreigners plenty of times. The untidiness of the roads, hospitals and railway stations truly deserves some action from our side. We cannot afford to show such a picture of our country to the foreigners visiting our country. Despite being educated, this attitude of Indians needs to be changed and the government needs to be stern in this regard.

On the 2nd of October 2014, our Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a cleaning campaign following Mahatma Gandhi’s ideology of having a clean India. He promised to get India cleaned within 5 years. It was definitely an applauding move made by the Prime Minister but it is easier said than done.

The municipal corporation of every city and district has such a laid back attitude that getting India cleaned within 15 years also seems to be some distant dream. Recently during August, North Bengal was affected terribly by the deadly Encephalitis virus. More than hundred people died and plenty of people were hospitalized because of this virus, which is known to be spread by pigs and mosquitoes. Few people in Kolkata also contracted this deadly virus.

Pigs freely roam near the garbage vats. Since it was the monsoon season, those areas were waterlogged and therefore mosquitoes were common which carried this dangerous virus from pigs to humans. Because of untidiness and leaving waste materials in the open, North Bengal witnessed this encephalitis epidemic. A year back, a dengue epidemic was witnessed.

Untidiness and dirt do not only downgrade the image of our country in the eyes of foreigners but also gives rise to plenty of diseases. The health of people is greatly affected and epidemics are witnessed which takes the lives of plenty of people.
During monsoon, when I take a look at my city, I wince in shock. Improper drainage system mixed with dirt thrown on the road provides us with a horrific sight. 

Government hospitals where people are supposed to be given treatment are not kept clean. It is a pity that a place like a hospital does not maintain proper hygiene. The same pathetic situation is with the courts, railway stations, police stations and any other public places. The beautiful beaches where we go for vacation are also made dirty by constant littering.

Every educated Indian needs to speak against the growing untidiness and spreading of germs. We need to bring an immediate change. However we should first bring the change in ourselves. We should take the pledge that we would keep our city and country clean. 

#AbMontuBolega is a wonderful campaign which gives the power of voice to clean India. This campaign gives us the power to speak against all that is dirty in our country, places that needs cleaning and authorities who must hear our opinions so that we can work towards a Swach Bharat. 
Kyuki Bin Bole Ab Nahi Chalega #AbMontuBolega
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  1. Great post, Purba. People need to understand the importance of cleanliness. Hope clean India would soon transform from a dream to a reality.

  2. Thank you so much Kiran. I too hope the same :)


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