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Clean Your Mind, Not Our Feet: Bezwada Wilson Slams PM Modi

“105 people killed in sewer and septic tanks in 2018 alone. He kept mum. Now washing feet. Justice not rituals, Mr. PM,” Wilson added.

In a series of tweets, National Convener of Safai Karmachari Andolan (SKA), Bezwada Wilson castigated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his act of cleaning the feet of sanitation workers in Allahabad on Sunday, February 24. 

Wilson took to Twitter internet and called out the PM’s ostensibly meaningless act. He said, “Clean your mind not our feet, Mr. PM! Highest form of humiliation. 1.6 lac women still forced to clean shit, not a single word in five years. What a shame!”

Wilson also lashed out at the PM for keeping mum on deaths caused by manual scavenging in India. “105 people killed in sewer and septic tanks in 2018 alone. He kept mum. Now washing feet. Justice not rituals, Mr. PM!,” he tweeted..

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In another tweet, Wilson slammed Modi’s statement that he had made as Gujarat Chief Minister “this gives workers a spiritual experience.” Wilson wrote, “What a pity! As a CM, he spiritualized shit cleaning, now as PM glorifying injustice..this act is against Baba Saheb Ambedkar’s mission – झाडू छोड़ो कलम पकडो (Leave the broom, pick up the pen)

Wilson added, “In his book, Karmayogi, PM Narendra Modi talks of manual scavenging as a “spiritual experience”. I urge him to ask a manual scavenger if s/he feels even remotely spiritual while cleaning other people’s excreta.”

SKA is an ongoing movement against manual scavenging in India. In brazen violation of Article 17 and 23 of the Constitution of India, the practice continues, claiming lives of hundreds of people, chiefly Dalits, across the country each year.

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