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​Amar Chitra Katha to publish comics on Swachh Bharat

As the cleanliness campaign turns two on October 2, Amar Chitra Katha has come out with comics teaching school students “Modiji knows how to make the impossible possible”.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Oct 06, 2016, 05.13 PM IST
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As the cleanliness campaign turns two on October 2, Amar Chitra Katha has come out with comics teaching school students “Modiji knows how to make the impossible possible”.
As the cleanliness campaign turns two on October 2, Amar Chitra Katha has come out with comics teaching school students “Modiji knows how to make the impossible possible”.
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his pet initiative Swachh Bharat Mission have gone “amar”.

As the cleanliness campaign turns two on October 2, Amar Chitra Katha has come out with comics teaching school students “Modiji knows how to make the impossible possible” and scientific sanitation methods of Indus Valley civilization.

Amar Chitra Katha, an iconic series started by creator Anant Pai to tell India’s tales of mythology and folklore, has developed “Swachh Bharat, the Clean Revolution” to educate schoolchildren about the conceptualisation of the campaign and success stories over last two years.

It starts with a storyteller Uncle Anant, a character drawn from Pai, who educates the children about how India led the world in waste disposal 2,500 years ago. Uncle Anant brings gifts of brooms for children to clean the neighbourhood as he tells them how Kautilya’s Arthashastra spoke of fines for open defecation.

The main story talks about Modi’s announcement from the ramparts of Red Fort saying, “Years passed until a new dawn awakened the old dream again”. Urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu, former rural development minister Nitin Gadkari and Swachh Bharat ambassadors find a mention in the comics. The stories exhort the children to be agents of change. Uncle Anant ends his first story and is greeted with cries of “Even I want to become a part of this mission” and “I am glad I picked up a broom today”.

The comics, which would be circulated in Kendriya Vidyalayas and government schools, would be unveiled at Indosan, a sanitation summit to be inaugurated by Modi on Friday. The other comic titles include stories on a couple Dr Prasad and Mrs Padma who spend one hour daily to clean Challapalli village in Andhra Pradesh, three youths in Kolkata promoting ad bins and smart bins as a sanitation enterprise and a Noida school student Akshat promoting a competition amongst schools to collect garbage. The comics also include activities for children like quizzes.

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