Social activist and founding father of ‘Sulabh Worldwide’ Bindeshwar Pathak, who campaigned extensively to alleviate the plight of handbook scavengers, died at a Delhi hospital attributable to cardiac arrest, mentioned an in depth aide. He was 80.
Bindeshwar Pathak unfurled the the nationwide flag within the morning on the event of Independence Day and collapsed quickly after that.
He was rushed to AIIMS Delhi. A supply on the hospital mentioned the social reformer was declared introduced useless at 1.42 pm.
In a put up on X, previously Twitter, the Sulabh Worldwide Social Service Organisation mentioned, “Founder Sulabh Sanitation, Social Reform and Human Rights Motion, Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak is not any extra. He died of cardiac arrest at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.”
“He was rushed to the hospital after he complained of uneasiness within the midst of Independence Day celebrations on the campus of Sulabh, Palam-Dabri Highway, New Delhi,” it mentioned.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the social reformer’s demise.
The passing away of Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak Ji is a profound loss for our nation. He was a visionary who labored extensively for societal progress and empowering the downtrodden.
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— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 15, 2023
“The passing away of Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak Ji is a profound loss for our nation. He was a visionary who labored extensively for societal progress and empowering the downtrodden.
“Bindeshwar Ji made it his mission to construct a cleaner India. He offered monumental assist to the Swachh Bharat Mission. Throughout our numerous conversations, his ardour in the direction of Swachhata was at all times seen,” PM Modi mentioned in a put up on X.
“His work will proceed to encourage a number of folks. My deepest condolences to his household and family members throughout this tough time. Om Shanti,” he mentioned, sharing two photos of him with Pathak.
Sulabh has constructed practically 1.3 million family bogs and 54 million authorities bogs utilizing low-cost, two-pit know-how.
Aside from development of bogs, the organisation has led a motion to discourage handbook cleansing of human waste.
Lawmakers have handed a number of legal guidelines aiming to stamp out the age-old follow of handbook scavenging, the most recent in 2013. However many scavengers are nonetheless used via subcontractors.
The lads are known as “handbook scavengers” as a result of they primarily scrape the waste with their naked fingers with none protecting gear or masks, a follow Bindeshwar Pathak termed “demeaning”.
He’s survived by his spouse, two daughters and a son.