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An exhibition marking 100 yrs of Gandhi’s Champaran Satyagraha to be inaugurated by PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate on Monday an exhibition to mark the 100 years of Mahatma Gandhi’s Champaran Satyagraha.

The exhibition to be held in the national capital will be titled ‘Swachhagraha Bapu Ko Karyanjali – Ek Abhiyan, Ek Pradarshani’.

He will also launch an ‘Online Interactive Quiz’ at the event which is being organised by the National Archives of India. The quiz will continue for 30 months till October, 2019.

In a series of tweets today, PM Modi said the Champaran Satyagraha was a historic mass movement which had a phenomenal impact and urged the countrymen to become ‘Swachhagrahis’ and create a Swachh Bharat.

“Tomorrow I will join a very special program, ‘Swachhagraha Bapu Ko Karyanjali’ to mark 100 years of the historic Champaran Satyagraha,” he posted on Twitter.

There will be an exhibition showcasing Champaran Satyagraha and it will connect essential principles of Satyagraha with Swachhagraha, he said.

The exhibition will also showcase the ground covered by the Swachh Bharat Mission in creating a mass movement towards a clean India.

“A century ago, Indians became Satyagrahis and fought colonialism. Today, let us become Swachhagrahis and create a Swachh Bharat.

“Champaran Satyagraha was a historic mass movement led by Bapu. Its impact was phenomenal,” the Prime Minister said.

The exhibition will be available for public for a month from Tuesday after inauguration by Modi on Monday at National Archives of India (NAI) here, NAI Director General Raghvendra Singh told a press conference here.

The exhibition is a tribute to Gandhi on hundred years of his first experiment of Satyagraha in India, in Champaran and is an attempt to sensitise future generations to fulfill his dream of ‘Swachh Bharat’, Singh said.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma are expected to attend the event. The exhibition will also be showcased in other cities of the country after a month.

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Movement) was launched on October 2, 2014 with an aim to achieve clean India and aims to achieve an Open-Defecation Free (ODF) by October 2, 2019, the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Gandhi had arrived in Champaran, a district in Bihar, in 1917 to take up the cause of the farmers who were forced to grow indigo, instead of food crops, by the British.

Champaran Satyagraha was the first non-violence action initiated by Gandhi, who during his stay in Bihar, also delved in detail with the social problems like scavenging, illiteracy, and issues related to women and health.


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