Source: News Bharati English13 Jun 2017 11:27:52

Washington, June 13: One village in Rajasthan village will soon be named after US President Donald Trump. One might think that it's the Name Diplomacy by the Modi govt before the much awaited Modi Trump visit, but its not like that. This is the initiative by Sulabh International founder Bindeshwar Pathak who has announced this as his endeavour for the strengthening of Ind-US ties.  

Sulabh International founder and chief, Bindeshwar Pathak on Monday announced to name one Indian village after US President Donald Trump, as part of his efforts to further India-US relationship. Notably, the announcement by India’s top sociologist and the social worker was done at a community event organized in the suburbs of Washington DC.

"I announce to name one village in India as Trump Village," Pathak announced saying it is part of his effort to enhance India-US relationship. The village is being developed in Mewat region of Rajasthan.


Giving a presentation to the local community and political leaders in Washington, Pathak said he is working to provide affordable sanitation and toilets to the masses and end the practice of manual scavenging. While addressing the community, Pathak urged the Indian-American community to help realise the goal of sanitation and cleanliness in India.

Several other world leaders including Congresswoman Barbara Comstock also felicitated Pathak on the occasion. On the other side, Virginia and Maryland also showed interest in adopting the technology of Sulabh International to achieve the goal of sanitation and cleanliness.

"Rural areas of Virginia have a problem in building toilets and its maintenance cost is very high. Several officials from both Virginia and Maryland have expressed their interest in adopting it locally so as to bring the cost down," said Virginia Republican Puneet Ahluwalia.

BACKGROUND:

Sulabh International Social Service Organisation, a non-profit voluntary social organisation founded in 1970 by Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, is dedicated to the Gandhian ideology of emancipation of scavengers. Sulabh has been working for the removal of untouchability and social discrimination against scavengers, a section of Indian society condemned to clean and carry human excreta manually. Sulabh is noted for achieving success in the field of cost-effective sanitation, the liberation of scavengers, social transformation of society, prevention of environmental pollution and development of non-conventional sources of energy.