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Littering is just as bad as anti-nationalism: Chetan Bhagat on PM Narendra Modi's Swachh Bharat campaign

Prajakta Hebbar | http://imsopraj

First published: October 31, 2014, 6:27 AM IST | Updated: October 31, 2014
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Littering is just as bad as anti-nationalism: Chetan Bhagat on PM Narendra Modi's Swachh Bharat campaign
In the city to promote his new novel 'Half Girlfriend', Bhagat spoke on a variety of subjects.

New Delhi: Dressed in a simple pink shirt and a black half Nehru jacket, popular Indian author Chetan Bhagat mopped his brow as he blinked in the harsh lights. He was chatting with a few professors and media persons on a balmy evening here, in Delhi.

In the city to promote his new novel 'Half Girlfriend', Bhagat spoke on a variety of subjects ranging from literature and films to politics.

Speaking about the Prime Minister's Swachh Bharat campaign and the celebrities getting on board for promotions, Bhagat said, "We see stuff like 'Deepak loves Asha' written on the walls Indian historical structures; but we rarely see them cherished and in well-kept conditions."

"Littering is just as bad as anti-nationalism," said Bhagat in a serious tone, adding that every citizen must cultivate a sense of ownership towards their cities.

"We always see Indians mopping, dusting and cleaning inside their houses. And what do they do with the collected garbage? Throw it on the streets. The reason is that we don't consider the 'mohalla' our property - we don't take its ownership," he concluded.

Bhagat's 'Half Girlfriend' is set to be adapted for the big screen by filmmaker Mohit Suri.

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