Equal access to essential health, clean water and sanitation services continue to be a priority for India
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
These 17 Goals build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals, while including new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice, among other priorities. The goals are interconnected-often the key to success on one will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another.
Today, we discuss the issues like development, sustainable development, education, women’s security in the country, even if we are active in it or not. People prefer fields like medical, engineering and IAS-PCS after their studies, but different from all these things Dr Pathak has chosen the social service. He sacrificed his life for the service of the society. Today, the whole country salutes this great personality. These things were discussed at the seminar organised by Dainik Bhaskar’s Chief Editor Deepak Dwivedi.
He said such efforts should not be limited to Dr Pathak, the stream of his efforts continues to flow, and for this newspaper have a role to play. Dainik Bhaskar has taken up the responsibility, to give voice and power to every effort and sacrifice made in the development of the nation.
Dainik Bhaskar newspaper has organised a seminar on “Sustainable Development Goals And India’s Socio Economic Development”. The occasion is graced by, Dr Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of Sulabh International Social Service Organisation, Justice Navniti Prasad Singh, former Chief Justice Kerala High Court, Dr JS Rajput, representative to the Executive Board of UNESCO, Dinesh Jain, President of Legal & Corporate Affairs UFLEX Ltd and Deepak Dwivedi, Chief Editor & Director Dainik Bhaskar were also present.
Dainik Bhaskar will take forward the work of Dr Pathak: Deepak Dwivedi
Dainik Bhaskar’s Chief Editor Deepak Dwivedi honoured Dr Pathak by calling him ‘Mahatma Gandhi of modern India’. He has given a new direction to the country through his social service. Dwivedi said that Gandhiji had seen a dream, but his dream was fulfilled by Dr Pathak. Newspapers have the task of reaching the work of great dignitaries to every section of the society and Dainik Bhashkar takes responsibility for this.
He further said, “We all have been gathered here as the new history of modern India is beginning and we have the responsibility of writing it to the people, which will be a role model for the next generation. The flag-bearer of Gandhi and Ambedkar’s dream, about who people read only in books. These great dignitaries have contributed towards the country, who will write about them, who will tell the next generation of it, it’s a responsibility of newspapers. We have taken the responsibility to carry forward this campaign. We have spent some time with Dr Pathak, he told us about many aspects related to his life and also discussed where he wants to take his efforts and work. Dainik Bhaskar takes the responsibility to make sure such efforts should reach to every nook and corner. Today the work of the newspaper is not only to publish good news but to connect with the quality, authenticity and activation of the news is a new dimension of modern journalism. With this, we will follow the footstep of Dr Pathak and help the nation to move in the direction of development.
I feel honoured to be called as Gandhi of Modern India by Dainik Bhaskar: Dr Pathak
The discerning and knowledgeable person knows as well as I do that it is sanitation, more than anything else that lays the foundation of all socio-economic development. Sanitation, along with public health and hygiene, is the basic condition for all sustainable development. It is for this reason that the Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations in 2015 calls for ensuring availability and sustainable management of clean water and sanitation for all people within the next 15 years.
In his address, Dr Bindeshwar Pathak said that I feel very proud and honoured to be called as Gandhi of Modern India by Dainik Bhaskar Newspaper. I am a follower of Gandhi and have been working to bring his work to the society while connecting it with technology. I have been on this mission for 50 years, started this journey at the age of 25. I don’t have words to thank Dainik Bhaskar for taking up the responsibility to carry forward our mission of sanitation and hygiene. Dainik Bhaskar told me that Raja Ram Mohan Roy and Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar had fulfilled their mission only with the support of the media in Kolkata. In the same way, we want to connect with your mission and reach it in every section of the country.
He told how his grandmother made him eat cow dung and Ganga water as he touched an untouchable lady. Since then, that incident never left my mind. After completing the studies, I joined the Bihar Gandhi Committee. I took the initiative to eradicate the untouchability and to eliminate manual scavenging. For this, I stayed in Balmiki colony for three days and carried the night soil. I have done the task of fulfilling the dream of Mahatma Gandhi and Baba Saheb Ambedkar. I have invented ‘Two-pit pour-flush’ Sulabh toilet to eliminate the practice of manual scavenging. Countries like Africa, USA, China, Australia doesn’t even have this technology. That is why I do not talk about India alone, but to make world clean and healthy.
Sanitation and Health Main Element in the development of the country- Navniti Prasad Singh
On this occasion, Retired Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court, Navniti Prasad Singh said that the work done by Dr Pathak is commendable and highly appreciable. He gave a new direction to the country. He thought and acted about those sections of the society about whom Mahatma Gandhi used to think. He further said that hygiene and health are very important in the continuous development of any country and it can be started from home and school itself. If children are educated about cleanliness and health in childhood, then it will not take time to change the condition of the country.
Dr Pathak Successfully Changed The Point Of View Of Citizen - J.S. Rajput
Dr JS Rajput, Representative of the UNESCO Executive Board, said that till now I only knew about his work. I use to think that books can be written on his works and great achievements, have been written and should be written. If I have to say one line about his achievements, I would say that he worked successfully to change the point of view and attitude of the citizens. In 1916, Mahatma Gandhi has talked about the cleanliness of Indian Railways, there has been very little change in it, but Dr Pathak has made a big difference in the country through his work. You can’t change people’s point of view towards an issue or situation without education. Any new changes can begin from schools, university only. We did not pay proper attention to the basic essence of our education. If given, our ponds, rivers and winds would not have been polluted.
It is said here that when a person is born, four debts are associated with his birth, dev rn, pitr rn, rshi rn aur maanav rn (your gratitude towards society). Our society is a dutiful society, then how did it happen that we all are moving in the same direction which was not in the interest of the society. To understand this, I find that sentence of Gandhi ji is very suitable that nature has the resources to fulfill all the needs, but not for the sake of the greed of a single person. We were using nature’s resources according to our greed, which is the result that we are facing pollution and health problems today. We have to return to our culture, and then only we can move this campaign forward.
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