Seminar on Clean India- Prosperous India on 10th October 2014

    The National Foundation for Communal Harmony (NFCH) in collaboration with Imagindia Institute, and the Baha'i Office of Public Affairs jointly organized the National Leadership Roundtable Discussion on 'Clean India-Prosperous India' on Friday 10th October 2014 at Bahai House, New Delhi. Roundtable discussion in progress at Bahai House, New Delhi The purpose of the event was to use the strength and large following of religious leaders, inter-faith movement, civil society activists and scholars to bring them on the same platform and take the message of 'Clean India Campaign' launched by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to a wider cross-section of people and common citizens of the country. The Foundation was convinced that such an exchange of views would go a long way in bringing leaders of different faiths together to strengthen and promote peace, dialogue,non-violence and social harmony in the country. The objective of the roundtable was to create a framework and roadmap for 'jan bhagidari' among different religions towards achieving the objectives of the Swacch Bharat Mission.

    The discussion was Chaired by Amb. Ashok Sajjanhar, Secretary, NFCH. In his opening remarks, Amb. Sajjanhar said that all holy scriptures speak about the importance and necessity of cleanliness and health. Healthy and clean environment will lead to greater productivity and positive contribution to the society. Cleanliness will also ensure that there are fewer illnesses and diseases and expenditure of the individual and society on these unproductive aspects of life will come down thereby enhancing the quality of life of people. It is the responsibility of not only the government but also of the civil society, leaders of religious faiths and individuals to keep the environment clean. Peoples' participation in campaign for cleanliness is essential. Change is required in the mindset of the people, he said, not only to clean the environment for once but make it a habit to keep it clean on continuing basis. Cleanliness is not a function only of material prosperity. At times, places which are inhabited by poorer segments of society are kept cleaner than those environments where more prosperous people reside. Cleanliness in India requires a 'social revolution'. As exhorted by the Prime Minister, we need to focus on shramdan or karsewa of 100 hours per year for implementing this desire. Civil Society and religious leaders have to work together in bringing change in attitude and thinking of the people.

    The program was attended by various eminent religious leaders and scholars, academics, civil society leaders including Ms. Naznene Rowhani, Shri Robinder Sachdev, Dr. A.K. Merchant, Dr. Hanif Khan Shastri, Shri Shekhar Dutt, Rabbi E.I. Malekar, Shri K.G. Suresh, Fr. M.D. Thomas, Shri Asad Mirza, Dr. Ziauddin Ahmad, Shri Jatinder Cheema, Shri Shatrughun Jiwnani, Shri R.R. Sapra, Ms. Saroj Dua, Dr. Subhash Chandra, Ms. Manju Agarwal, Ms. Nilakshi Rajkhowa and several others. Students from Ahlcon International School, New Delhi also attended this event.