As part of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Swachch Bharat Abhiyaan' on Gandhi Jayantion October 2, poet-lyricist-writer Javed Akhtar headed to the Mumbai Central station to sweep the platforms.
Javed was the only celebrity from Bollywood to join the Prime Minister's token campaign on Gandhi Jayanti for a clean India.
Speaking of the experience Javed Saab said, "It is always a pleasure to be part of any campaign for a better nation. And Narendra Modiji's 'Swach Bharat Abhiyaan' was definitely a wonderful idea. I happily supported it."
Javed saab points out a significant personal historical link of his past to the clean-India campaign. "50 years ago on 4 October,1964, I left my home town Gwalior to reach Mumbai by a train that took me to Mumbai Central.And now, just two days short of the day I had arrived inMumbai 50 years ago, I was the same place as part of a clean-Indian campaign."
Says Javed, "We talk of a clean Indian, corruption-free India. But we can't even keep the road in front of our homes clean. We say, 'Let the government do it.' Arrey, why must the government be expected to do everything? Don't we as responsible citizens have a responsibility towards society?"
Javed Saab says it's time to take matters into our own hands. "It's time we realized we are the government. No one else is going to do it for us. We see big shiny malls with dirt and filth right outside it.We only talk about change. But we don't want to do anything to bring a change.When the road in front of my Juhu home crumbled, I suggested we re-construct it ourselves. My suggestion was met with a lot of opposition. I was happy to go to the Bombay Central station and sweep with a broom.At least, I took up the cleaning seriously. It's better than just talking about a clean city."