We could have used a few of those brooms here in Ladakh. On 3 October, the day after Gandhiji's Birthday and the brooming, I looked around at the schools, irrigation canals, toilets, bus stops - even the Main Bazaar in Leh and the Main Gompa there. No sign of a clean up.
What is not commonly mentioned in these clean campaigns is the huge economic and health costs India pays for the filth it is willing to live in. Ladakh, too. Do we really want to drink milk considering what the cows are dining on? Why are lead levels in drinking water dangerously high in some villages? And how much is Leh spending on "sanitation" - not to mention the toilets they keep building across the district which always remain locked?
Modi declared that India will be clean by 2019. And more interesting, he insinuated that "Clean India" also means he intends to clean up the corruption crippling India by that time.
But that's another topic.