BJP government keep Mahatma's ghat video

The untidy and unkempt Satyara Ghat, at Tapti river at Burhanpur, Madhya Pradesh where the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi were immersed in 1948 

Prachi Chouksey.( Burhanpur)

While Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched his famous Swach Bharat Abhiyan– The Clean India Campaign  -  on October 02, 2015,  to fulfill legendary politician saint Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of having a clean and better India, the ghat alongside Tapti river at which a portion of the ashes of this legendary leader has been immersed, lies unkempt by the BJP led Shivraj  Singh Chouhan’s state government.

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Human waste, plastic bags, food and the waste water from the nearly nullahs greet tourists who visit the spot, where a portion of Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes were immersed in the year 1948, makes this place of historic importance. The Ghat is a Madhya Pradesh Tourism sight whose maintenance is the responsibility of the Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation. 

“Local residents openly wash their clothes and utensils in the river not only polluting the water body, but also litter the surroundings, making it stinky unclean,”  a local resident said.“There is no proper initiative taken by the government to conserve and preserve this place of so much historical value,” a local resident said.

Waste, plastic bags welcome tourists at the ghat 

Interestingly, there are only two places across Madhya Pradesh state - at Raj Ghat in Badwani and Satyara Ghat in Burhanpur- where portions of the late leader’s ashes were immersed among other places in different parts of the country.

Entrance of the Ghat where a small nullah flows to meet the river 

Mahatma's death and cremation 

The Indian Independence leader was assassinated by Hindu extremist Nathuram Godse on January 30, 1948. He killed Gandhi while he was returning from his evening prayers because Godse believed the Gandhi favoured the Muslims of Pakistan over India.

Subsequently, Gandhiji’s funeral was a national event, with nearly two million mourners gathering during the procession. After he was cremated, under normal circumstances, per Hindu customs, his ashes would have been immersed in a river. 

A glimpse of the non-maintained Satyara Ghat 

However, citing his fame, his ashes were split up and given to his friends and family all over the country.  It is said to have been difficult to mention how many people have received portions of Gandhi’s ashes.

A local resident washing cloths on the banks of Tapti River at Satyara Ghat 
His ashes were also said to have been given to his follower in United States and his ashes were also have said to be immersed in South Africa. His ashes were also said to have been immersed in Indian rivers including Ganges and Tapti. Reports also confirm that a portion of his ashes were kept in Pune, and were also put on exhibition in Mumbai. They were later immersed in the Arabian sea in 2008, by his grand-daughter.A few portions of Gandhi’s ashes are still said to be held by a few individuals, sources say. 

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