On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised Sulabh International’s late founder Bindeshwar Pathak for his “major contribution” in providing an institutional response to Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals on cleanliness. Pathak died away recently.
Social crusader Pathak, a pioneer in creating public restrooms, passed away last Tuesday at the AIIMS due to a heart attack. He was 80. Modi said that he has been keeping an eye on Pathak’s spirit ever since he was in Gujarat in a Pathak-related piece in a Hindi daily.
“It was really tough for me to process the news that Bindeshwar Pathak ji is no longer with us during the Independence Day festivities on August 15th. An irreparable loss has occurred with the passing of Bindeshwar ji, the founder of Sulabh International who was straightforward and courteous, the prime minister remarked.
He said that Pathak’s life may teach the younger generation about the dignity of labor. No task was too minor for him, and the same was true of others. He received praise from people all around the globe for his efforts to provide our brothers and sisters who work in sanitation a respectable existence. The prime minister said in his piece in Amar Ujala, “I remember Bindeshwar ji became so emotional when I washed the feet of the brothers and sisters engaged in sanitation. He discussed the incident at length with me.”
“I am pleased that the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has today’s impoverished people living a decent existence. Numerous other similar findings have shown that the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is freeing the general public from ailments brought on by squalor and paving the door to a healthy life, the minister said.
He cited the World Health Organization’s claim that the Swachh Bharat Mission had avoided three lakh deaths in the nation. Additionally, UNICEF said that the Swachh Bharat Mission has allowed the underprivileged to save up to Rs 50,000 annually. Without the Swachh Bharat Mission, the poor would have had to pay the same sum for the treatment of illnesses brought on by squalor. The Swachh Bharat Mission reached this level thanks in large part to Bindeshwar ji’s advice, the prime minister stated.
“Amrit Kaal’s most colorful trip will go from clean India to healthy India, healthy India to harmonious India, harmonious India to strong India, powerful India to wealthy India. Yes, I’ll be thinking a lot about Bindeshwar Ji while traveling. A modest homage to him one again,” Modi remarked.
The following is what Modi stated in Hindi when he shared his piece on X: “It has been my good fortune that I got the opportunity to know very closely the life and mission of Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, who made an invaluable contribution in the field of cleanliness.” A social service organization called Sulabh International uses education to advance human rights, environmental cleanliness, waste management, and reforms.