After the very successful 5 years of spreading awareness and sensitising people about the cause of cleanliness with the Banega Swachh India campaign, NDTV and Dettol India have now taken up the mission of creating a Swasth India. Swasth Banega Swachh India, said several political leaders and celebrities who joined in to support the campaign.
Nitin Gadkari was the first leader to join the panel on and spoke about the success of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. "Politics should be kept off the issues of cleanliness. A huge public campaign was needed to achieve a positive change. If hygiene and cleanliness is good, then I think the health of the people will be good and their spending on medical needs will be reduced," he said.
Refuse plastic. Start with plastic bottles, then move over to using alternative carry bags and the third replaceable plastic item is straw: Dia Mirza, UN Environment's Goodwill Ambassador For India, urged the viewers.
Plastic has become a very invasive part of our lives. From the beginning of the day to the end we are depending on plastic. We need to get rid of plastic from our lives and must find alternatives: Dia Mirza, UN Environment's Goodwill Ambassador For India
Aaditya Thackeray, Leader, Shiv Sena and actor Kriti Sanon also discussed the importance of sanitation and nutrition.
"I have had the good fortune to donate breast milk. It is important that the nutrition of mother and children is given equal importance. Nutrition of a woman needs to be focussed on from the early childhood. Every action counts, start at your home, start at your building. The change comes with contribution from each individual," Actor and new mother Neha Dhupia told the panel.
Aaditya Thackeray: I have observed in the 9 years of political life, most of our electoral issues come from people. Only now we see sanitation and cleanliness become an issue for the people and they expect the political leader to speak about it. Similarly, health issues like preventive healthcare, mid-day meals, basic sanitation, hygiene are coming from the people slowly and the political parties must address it. We need to connect with the last mile on health issues especially in terms of preventive healthcare.
Mind has a direct effect on the body; the emotional health and the mental health of the mother has a direct effect not only on the body of the child, but also on the mind. India is number one in depression, as per World Health Organisation, but how can a depressed India become healthy: BK Shivani highlighted the importance of mental health at the Swasthagraha.
In 2014 when the Swachh Bharat campaign was launched, many people were skeptical. But today the campaign has reached a pan India level. The impact is very well visible: Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution
Arvind Kejriwal on Swasthagraha: If we want to make a big change it cannot happen without the support of the people and I am happy people of Delhi are with us and supporting us in keeping the mission of Swachh India going
The matter of health is different for different people. I look at my body as the best machine in the world which works well and can heal itself. We fuel it with proper food and nutrition. You don't need to spend too much time in the gym but you need to remain active. Do not remain stuck to your mobiles and other screens. Go out and detox from your devices: Sidharth Malhotra