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Who Is Going To Be Clean?

We are still not ready to accept that cleanliness and sanitation are caste-based.

Who Is Going To Be Clean?
Who Is Going To Be Clean?
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Some straight questions. What are we going to clean, who is going to clean and what is our concept of clean­liness? Will this campaign address the most important, most basic and most neglected question of modernisation of our sanitation system? Whose India are we aiming at cleaning up? In India, cleanliness can’t be just about Bollywood actor Aamir Khan preaching that we do not throw banana peels by the street or piss on walls nor about PMs, CMs, all manner of ministers and bureaucrats and politicians picking up brooms to clean streets and public toilets and public places that have already been thoroughly cleaned up for them to perform their sham.

Lest we forget, India is divided into different classes and castes and communities. What is our target group? This campaign is not the first and won’t be the last. From Gandhi’s ‘Clean India’ to Modi’s ‘Swachh Bha­rat’, the country has seen many a gimmick, but that has not prevented India from being the global capital of open defecation. And we never felt ashamed of it. Why?

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