PM To Launch Digital Exhibition On Champaran Satyagraha


New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch a special digital exhibition on the Champaran Satyagraha on Monday, in a unique initiative to re-envision the theme of the movement undertaken by Mahatma Gandhi a century ago.

The exhibition, titled ‘Bapu Ko Karyanjali’, will be launched at the National Archives here. The theme ‘Bapu Ko Karyanjali’ is a pointer to the spirit of a fresh resolve towards the goal of cleanliness that was so dear to Mahatma Gandhi, officials said.

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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. The fa ade of the National Archives building will be specially lit in the form of a digital wall.

A century ago, Mahatma Gandhi had taken several steps to improve the condition of people in Champaran. These included efforts towards basic education, skill development, women empowerment, and cleanliness.

The digital exhibition, is an effort to go beyond a mere symbolic recall, and to leverage this historic occasion to re-emphasize the spirit of cleanliness or Swachhta which was close to Mahatma Gandhi s heart, and was also a key element of the Champaran movement, says Shri Raghvendra Singh, DG, National Archives.

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.

Satyagraha, in this context, can therefore be re- interpreted as Swachhagraha where each individual shall pool his efforts towards building a clean India, he said. 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.

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, Modi has, on several occasions, emphasized that the objectives of the Swachh Bharat Mission can only be achieved by making it a people s movement as well.

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