Bindeshwar Pathak, Founder of Sulabh International, Passes Away

Renowned social activist and founder of Sulabh International, Bindeshwar Pathak, breathed his last at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi on Tuesday. His demise marks the end of an era characterized by pioneering contributions to social reform, particularly in the domains of sanitation and hygiene. Pathak’s innovative work earned him accolades both nationally and internationally.

A visionary in the realm of sanitation, Pathak propelled the development and nationwide implementation of the Sulabh Shauchalaya system, a low-cost, aptly engineered toilet technology. Over the past five decades, he championed the rights of manual scavengers and their rehabilitation, making significant strides in skill development and alternative employment for this marginalized community.

Pathak’s relentless advocacy for toilets in schools underscored his commitment to holistic societal progress. His stewardship of Sulabh International played a pivotal role in advancing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for a cleaner India, aligning with the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Campaign). This dedication garnered recognition in the form of the Gandhi Peace Prize.

Sulabh International, under Pathak’s guidance, transcended its initial mandate, evolving into a multifaceted social service organization that addresses human rights, environmental sanitation, waste management, and social reform through education.

Prime Minister Modi conveyed his condolences and admiration for Pathak’s legacy through a tweet, honoring his invaluable contributions to societal upliftment. Modi described Pathak as a visionary who relentlessly pursued a cleaner and more empowered India. “His work will continue to inspire several people,” Modi stated in his tweet, extending his deepest sympathies to Pathak’s family and loved ones.

As the nation mourns the loss of a visionary leader, Pathak’s legacy of compassionate service and unwavering dedication to transforming lives will undoubtedly serve as a beacon of inspiration for generations to come.

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