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52nd Foundation Program – Sulabh International

Sulabh International, Country’s premier Social Organisation, celebrated its 52nd Foundation Day by honouring Master Arunodai Sharma, a child Prodigy from Himachal Pradesh with “Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak Sulabh International Sanitation and Human Rights Prize for Excellence” which carries prize money of Rs. 12.50 Lacs.

This Child Prodigy Master Arunodai Sharma came to limelight for his outstanding performance at Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) last year. Sulabh on its Foundation Day felicitated and honoured Mr. Prasham Srivastava, Sushree Disha Tiwari, Isha Tiwari, Ambika Dholpure and Jeevika Dholpure and awarded them with prize money.

The Foundation Day program titled “Swachhta & Swadhinta” and organised in collaboration with Ministry of Culture, Urban Development and Jal Shakti, Government of India.

The program was attended by a large number of teachers and scholars of Sociology from various Universities of the country. Well known scholar and Vice-Chancellor of Central University of South Bihar, Gaya, Bihar, Prof. Kameshwar Nath Singh delivered Keynote address on the occasion.

The Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji greeted Sulabh Founder and appreciated his campaign launched 52 years ago through a Message.

Prominent Yoga Guru, Param Pujniye Swami Baba Ramdev joined this program virtually from Haridwar and lauded the ongoing Swachhata campaign. Baba Ramdev appreciated lifetime efforts of Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak in spearheading the sanitation movement in country.

Speaking on the occasion Sulabh International Founder Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak appreciated the efforts of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji for all-round development with particularly focus to sanitation.

Dr. Pathak thanked Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Ministry of Jal Shakti and Ministry of Culture, Government of India, for celebrating the countrywide Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav that Prime Minister gave the clarion call for to commemorate 75 years of Independence and the glorious history of its people, culture and achievements.

Dr. Pathak says,” the Mahotsav is about the Prime Minister’s grand vision of India 2.0 as Aatmanirbahar Bharat that we all take pride in, and as Sulabh family we affirm our faith in and resolve to work for, as also the profound vision and dream of Mahatma Gandhi for Swachh Bharat”.

Since its inception in the year 1970, Sulabh has spearheaded a movement for restoration of human rights and dignity to the untouchables as well as for providing safe and hygienic human waste disposal system to millions of Indians who had no access to safe sanitation facilities.

In both these areas, Dr. Pathak’s struggles and achievements over the years have been outstanding—emancipation and rehabilitation of thousands of scavengers, and his invention of Sulabh two-pit pour-flush on-site ecological compost toilet (recognized by the UNDP and WHO as one of the best global technologies for disposal of human waste) and construction of 1.6 million household toilets as well as more than 10,000 pay-and-use toilet complexes being used daily by 20 million Indians, to name just a few.

Seven books devoted to the subject of Sociology of Sanitation and Dr. Pathak’s contributions were released in the presence of august audience. The books were authored by eminent Sociologists and other academicians of various Universities.

Director of Amrit Mahotsav, Ministry of Culture, Ms. Priyanka Chandra in her address highlighted initiatives of the Government on 75th Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.

While Congratulating the child prodigy Dr. Pathak said, Arunodai at just 9 years of age won the prestigious quiz show “Kaun Banega Crorepati,” hosted by none other than the legendary actor Shri Amitabh Bachchan last year, was impressive by all means. He displayed wisdom and maturity of a very high order while responding to questions, he said.

Arunodai, presently studying in class V in St. Edwards School Shimla, has been exhibiting exceptional talent and extraordinary skills, right from his early years. His journey for KBC originated from his quest for exploring more, his inquisitiveness and deep passion for the show. He showed strong determination, successfully going through three elimination quiz rounds and one ground audition, to reach the final thirty out of 800 children (8-14 years).

Professor Richard Pais and Professor of Ravindranath Rao from Mangalore University, were among the others who also addressed on this occasion.


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