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On Gandhi Jayanti, cricket stars Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman want cleaner India

Gandhi Jayanti is being celebrated throughout India on Monday. India’s cricket icons Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman has urged countrymen to keep alive Bapu’s lofty ideals

cricket Updated: Oct 02, 2017 11:56 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Sachin Tendulkar and his son Arjun Tendulkar participating in a cleanliness drive in Bandra, Mumbai last week. On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, the cricket icon has asked countrymen to sweep away dirt and live for a clean India.(PTI)

Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar led the list of sportspersons celebrating Gandhi Jayanti across the country on Monday by uploading a video where he can be seen cleaning streets in Mumbai along with a few other volunteers.

Underling the ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign that aims at a cleaner India, Sachin Tendulkar could be seen picking up garbage wearing gloves with a ticker on the video that urged citizens to undertake similar responsibility.

The vision of a cleaner India was first put forward by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the Father of the nation whose birthday is celebrated as Gandhi Jayanti every year.

Former India batsman VVS Laxman, too, joined the list while wishing Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation, on his 148th birthday.

Uploading a picture of Bapu, Laxman wrote: “Tributes to Mahatma Gandhi ji on his 148th birth anniversary. May his ideals guide us in our lives. #GandhiJayanti.”

A day before the fifth and final ODI against Australia, skipper VIrat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Hardik Pandya, Rohit Sharma and coach Ravi Shastri had vowed to join the Prime Minister’s Swachta hi Seva campaign as well.

Virender Sehwag also marked Gandhi Jayanti with a tribute to Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri, India’s second Prime Minister.

One of the most destructive batsmen in the world, Sehwag has asked his fans to celebrate Gandhi Jayanti as International Day for Non Violence.

First Published: Oct 02, 2017 11:54 IST