New Delhi: Kalinga Literary Festival celebrated the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi with diverse discussions with eminent scholars and literary figures on 2nd October, 2020. Writer, bureaucrat Yugal Joshi addressed session on the Gandhi’s idea of cleanliness- ‘Gandhi Ji Aaur Swachhta-Ek Vimarsh’ at Kalinga Literary Festival .
‘Gandhi Jee Aaur Swachhta-Ek Vimarsh’ having the Director of Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India Yugal Joshi and author, columnist Atul K Thakur. Throwing light on Gandhi’s idea of Swachhta, Yugal said, “Gandhi’s simplicity in his words are his strength
He is as fundamental as air and water. Gandhis biggest inspiration for cleanliness is Ooka ( the cleaner in Gandhi’s house). Gandhiji was called as Monia in childhood. Monia’s mother put a bucket of water on him after he came back after playing with Ooka as he was untouchable. Ookas story turned Gandhi into Mahatma- a warrior for non violence and cleanliness, removing all the differences.”
“Gandhi urged Indians to adopt cleanliness habits in South Africa. He raised his voice against state of Indians in South Africa. Gandhi wrote in Indian opinion, “I’m sure that any ignorance to unhygienic condition could lead to epidemic and Indians are not responsible for it.”,” quoted Yugal.