Ranchi: Ruskin Bond appreciates the Swachh Bharat Mission


09 Dec 2018

India much cleaner after Swachh Bharat Mission: Ruskin Bond

Renowned author Ruskin Bond has said that India has become much cleaner following Swachh Bharat Mission, but the challenge lies in addressing the issue appropriately.

Bond, known for his literary collections like The Room on the Roof and Mr Oliver's Diary , was addressing an audience at the inauguration of the second edition of the Tata Steel Jharkhand Literary Meet (JLM) in Ranchi yesterday.

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It will take time to change the old habits: Bond

"Due to the Modi government's Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, different cities have become cleaner than earlier," he said.

However, the problem is that the people return to their old habits and it would take time to change that, Bond added, pointing out how Jamshedpur and Ranchi have now become clean due to the initiative.

Noted author Uday Prakash was also attending the literary meet.

Bond was amazed to see cleanliness in Jamshedpur and Ranchi

Bond shared that when he visited Jamshedpur last Friday, he was amazed to see how clean and beautiful the steel city was. He felt the same when he visited Ranchi yesterday. Today at the literary meet, Bond will discuss his experience of writing for children.

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Meets like JLM important to recognize literary-talent in India: Uday

Meanwhile, Hindi poet and author Uday Prakash emphasized literary meets such as JLM are important conduits to support and recognize literary talent from smaller towns and cities in India.

Chanakya Chaudhary, Vice President, Corporate Services, Tata Steel, said that promoting culture and art has been part of Tata Steels ethos for decades.

"Our investment in the region goes beyond industry," he said.

Tremendous response to JLM gives us confidence, says Chaudhury

"For Tata Steel (founded in Jamshedpur), our investment extends to building lasting relationships with communities. The tremendous response JLM has received for the second consecutive year gives us the confidence that we are on the right path," said the Tata Steel official.

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