Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated an exhibition named ‘Swachhagraha – Bapu Ko Karyanjali – Ek Abhiyan, Ek Pradarshani’ in the national capital to mark 100 years of Mahatma Gandhi’s first ever experiment of Satyagraha which he started in Champaran, Bihar. Addressing the people after the inaugration, PM Modi paid his gratitude to the Father of the Nation and said, “We have gathered here to remember a landmark event of the 20th century, the Champaran Satyagraha.” Remembering the iconic leader, PM Modi said 100 years ago it was today’s day when Gandhiji reached Patna and Champaran transformed him into ‘Mahatama’ Gandhi from Mohandas Karamchandra Gandhi. “Aim of Satyagraha was independence and the aim of Swachhagraha is to create a clean India. A clean India helps the poor the most,” he added.
The Prime Minister added that Mahatma Gandhi attached more importance to cleanliness than freedom. Further stressing upon the Swachh Bharat Mission, he said working for cleanliness will be the real Karyanjali to Bapu. Swachch Bharat Mission is becoming a mass movement and every section of the society getting connected to it and the aim is to fulfil the dream of Mahatma Gandhi – of a clean India, he added.
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PM Modi will also launch an ‘Online Interactive Quiz’ at the event which is being organized by the National Archives of India. Apart from that there will also be an exhibition showcasing Champaran Satyagraha and it will connect essential principles of Satyagraha with Swachhagraha. The exhibition will also showcase the ground covered by PM Modi’s Swachh Bharat Mission in creating a mass movement towards a clean India. In the exibition a special section has also been set up through which the history of the movement will be narrated and displayed digitally. Another section — ‘Swachhagraha – The way forward’ — has also been setup at the event.
Government’s aim behind the launch of the exhibition is to spread awareness on its Swachh Bharat Mission that PM Modi said to deliver on his promise of Clean India by the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. In the wake of the following, Satyagraha has been re-interpreted as Swachhagraha.