Published on Oct 25, 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the ‘Clean India’ campaign on the 2nd of October this year with much media fanfare. While details of any plans are hard to come by, the government has decided that we must have a ‘clean’ India by 2019. In this video, Newsclick discusses the social and political issues regarding the campaign with Prof. Salil Mishra of Ambedkar University. What are the government’s actual plans to clean up India and are these sufficient to meet the goals of the campaign? Can development and environmental protection go hand in hand? What lessons can we learn from other countries in this regard? Is the Clean India campaign an example of a PR stunt or can it actually achieve systemic change in India in terms of issues such as caste, access to civic amenities and a change in public attitudes towards our surroundings?