Mangaluru, Feb 26, 2018: Week 17 of 40 on February 25, Sunday of Ramakrishna Mission Swachhata Abhiyan held at Kadri Bunts Hostel Road had a special guest, Chandrakant Kulkarni from Pune.
He is a retired teacher whom Prime Minister Narendra Modi has lauded for his dedication and efforts regarding Swacch Bharath. Jagan, a physically challenged and yet mentally invincible volunteer of the Abhiyan flagged off the drive in the presence of Swami Jitakamanandaji. Capt. Ganesh Karnik, Sri Vittaldas Prabhu, Sri Umanath Suvarna, Sri Kamalaksha Pai, Sri Dilraj Alva and several others were present on the occasion.
Chandrakanth addressing Swachh Mangaluru volunteers said, “I am travelling all over India to witness Swachhata Abhiyan. I have participated in Swachh Mangaluru abhiyan for last 2 days. I have never seen any other movement regarding Swachhata abhiyan as consistently and as successfully being carried in Mangaluru. I credit Ramakrishna Mission for this,” Chandrakant, who donated 1/3rd of his pension amount to Swachh Bharath fund, said.
Noting that Prime Minister honoured and recognized him for this humble deed, Chandrakanth said, this shows that India is changing for better. I have no doubt that Mangaluru will soon become one of the cleanest cities,” he said. Kulkarni, 67, a retired teacher of drawing in Pimpri Chinchwad township near Pune, said PM made him world famous by mentioning him three times on his Mann Ki Baat radio programme and interviews.
All the guests and volunteers cleaned the area on Kadri Road. Volunteers were divided into five groups. One group cleaned the left side of the road from Bunts Hostel Circle to Kadri Main Road. Another group of volunteers cleaned the right side of the road. Students of St Aloysius College cleaned the road dividers. A neglected bus shelter in front of Kadri Natural Ice Cream Parlour was cleaned and a board with Swachhata message erected on the spot to create awareness. MRPL and Nitte Group of institutions are sponsoring the drive.
For participation Contact – Swami Ekagamyanandaji, Convener, Ramakrishna Mission Swacchata Abhiyan at 9448353162 for more details.
Who is Chandrakant Kulkarni : Chandrakant Kulkarni takes special pride in introducing himself as Chandrakant Damodar Kulkarni and addressing Prime Minister Narendra Modi as Narendra Damodardas Modi. Their similar middle names aren’t the only things linking the two men.
Kulkarni, 67, a retired teacher. One of his old friends called him up from Australia after hearing Modi mention him for his “inspirational” contributionto the Swachh Bharat Kosh (Clean India Corpus) from his pension. Kulkarni, who gets a monthly pension of Rs.16,000,has given 52 post-dated cheques of Rs.5,000 each to the corpus. He decided to make his contribution after he heard Modi’s August.15, 2015 speech, where the Prime Minister said 77% of the population in Uttar Pradesh had no access to toilets.