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Indians coming together to make country plastic-free will inspire world: Shekhawat

Indians coming together to make country plastic-free will inspire world: Shekhawat

(Eds: Recasting intro, adding name in para 7) New Delhi, Sep 17 (PTI) If 130 crore Indians come together to make India plastic-free and clean, it will inspire many other countries like the nation's independence struggle did, said Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Tuesday.He was speaking at an event organised by Sulabh International, a non-profit organisation, to celebrate Prime Minister Narendra Modi's birthday as 'Swachhta Diwas' (Cleanliness Day).Shekhawat wished Modi on his 69th birthday and credited him with "restoring the legacy of the country and its people" in the world."Whenever India attains a milestone, it offers a ray of hope to many countries in the world. India had the Quit India Movement in 1942 and then gained independence in 1947. "Our country's independence was important not only for us but also for the entire world. Within 25 years, almost all the countries became independent," Shekhawat said at the event.He said if Indians join the initiative to make the country plastic-free or self-sufficient in terms of water, it would inspire many other countries.Sulabh Sanitation and Social Reform Movement founder Bindeshwar Pathak also extended birthday wishes to the prime minister and said he has pioneered several initiatives in the country.Pathak also hailed the prime minister for revoking Jammu and Kashmir's special status under Article 370 of the Constitution. PTI SLB SLB RAX DIVDIVDIV