‘Unless Modi uses his power to make people work, he will not succeed. He may cry hoarse, but he will not succeed.’ ‘I treat the broomstick as my God.’ V Kalyanam, Mahatma Gandhi’s personal secretary, tells Shobha Warrier/Rediff.com why the prime minister’s Clean India campaign won’t succeed easily. The first time I met V Kalyanam, Mahatma Gandhi’s personal secretary, was in 1997. He was healthier and fitter then. Today, at 93, he is frail and walks with the help of a stick, but even today, his inexhaustible energy and fetish for cleanliness have not waned a bit. His day starts at three in the morning with a cup of coffee which he himself makes. From that moment onwards, he spends all his time cleaning the house, the apartment premise, and tending the plants in his garden and terrace. His daily routine also includes sweeping the road early in the morning, but with age catching up with him, he has abandoned it for the last one year. But he is angry these days; angry because he says, Indians have no respect for cleanliness and discipline. That is why he decided to write to the prime minister appreciating his efforts to make… Read full this story
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