In a unique initiative which re-envisions the theme of the Champaran Satyagraha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch a special digital exhibition at National Archives in New Delhi on Monday evening.
April 2017 marks the centenary of the Champaran Satyagraha - Mahatma Gandhi's first Satyagraha in India. A century ago, Mahatma Gandhi had taken several steps to improve the condition of the people in Champaran. These included efforts towards basic education, skill development, women empowerment and cleanliness.
According to Raghvendra Singh, DG, National Archives, "The digital exhibition, titled "Bapu Ko Karyanjali" will make an attempt to go beyond a mere symbolic recall, and the government will use it to leverage this historic occasion to re-emphasise the spirit of cleanliness - or Swachhta - which was close to Mahatma Gandhi's heart, and was also a key element of the Champaran movement."
This effort will dovetail into the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan and generate greater awareness towards cleanliness in the run-up to the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in 2019. The government feels that Satyagraha, in this context, can therefore be re-interpreted as Swachhagraha - where each individual shall pitch in towards building a clean India.
WHAT WILL THE EXHIBITION FEATURE
The exhibition will feature several sections. Beginning with a recall of the Champaran Satyagraha, it will feature a detailed account of the milestones and progress achieved under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
Subjects such as water, hygiene and sanitation will be elaborated upon. A special "Digital Engagement" section will use tools such as video walls and projection techniques to engage visitors on various related historical themes. There shall be a separate section on "Swachhagraha - the way forward."
After inaugurating and going through the exhibition, the Prime Minister is also scheduled to address a large gathering on the lawns of the National Archives in the heart of the capital. The facade of the National Archives building will be specially lit in the form of a digital wall", Raghvendra Singh added.
WHAT MODI SAID IN MANN KI BAAT
In his recent radio address "Mann Ki Baat", the Prime Minister had said, "Mahatma Gandhi, through his demeanour and deeds, could inspire the poorest of the poor, the most illiterate, to unite and come together out into the open for the struggle against the British Rule; this was a manifestation of an incredible inner strength, through which we can experience the vastness of Mahatma Gandhi's great persona."
Drawing a parallel with the success of the Mahatma in making the freedom struggle a people's movement, the Prime Minister has, on several occasions, emphasised that the objectives of the Swachh Bharat Mission can only be achieved by making it a people's movement.