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Volunteers and Foreigners Clean Up Bodhgaya
Gaya, 9 April. Cutting through the administrative arrangements for cleaning
up in the International Tourist Destination of Bodhgaya foreign organisations
and the local Samvedensheel Citizens have completed a two day clean
up campaign. Children from the Maitreya Universal School, Women's Awakening
movement, The Jeevan Deep [group], the Fidosiya Society, The Tibetan
Monastery, and Samanvey Ashram took part in this program. This two day
program and and instruction program was completed with the help of the
Organiser Kabir Saxena, Sister Mary, Upendraji, Jamaludeen and Kailasprasad.
In connection with the two day program it is reported that this clean
up campaign began in [the suburb of] Miyan Bigha. About a hundred locals
and foreigners were seen with brooms and shovels and tools in their
hands. All the cleanup workers were seen cleaning on the roads and clearing
up the rubbish in the ditches and drains on both sides of the roads.
It is not that such a clean up campaign has not been seen before in
Bodhgaya. On several occasions under the leadership of Bhante Vimalasara
of the Mahabodhi Society there have been clean up campaigns. It is notable
that whilst Bodhgaya is a scheduled area [due to its high proportion
of SC caste population?] that foreigners should be seen having to clean
it up is quite concerning.
In regard to this matter in the last few days intellectuals [buddhijivi-
perhaps here "concerned citizens"] have formed the Samvedensheel
Nagarik Manch [Sensitive Citizens Platform/Front]. This Front has given
to the Gaya DM Brajesh Mehotra several pictures of the dirt in Bodhgaya.
The belief of the Front is that the responsibility for cleaning up Bodhgaya
lies with its citizens. For the thousands of foreign tourists who come
to Bodhgaya to see the filth there will be a stain not just on the reputation
of Bodhgaya but of the nation itself. This belief of the front is praiseworthy.