Bill Gates doffs his hat to the Indian prime minister. Here’s why

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Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, who’s one of the four global leaders in TIME’s ‘Most Influential People’ directory, has a brand-new admirer in Bill Gates.

The software billionaire took to social media to recognise Modi for putting “the spotlight” on India’s open defecation question through the Swachh Bharat( Clean India) mission.

Gates wrote: “Indian Prime Minister @ narendramodi settle a spotlight on a topic that most of us would rather not even think about.” And linked his blog in the tweet.

In the elaborate blog entitled India is Winning its War on Human Waste, he mentioned 😛 TAGEND

“Nearly three years ago, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made one of the boldest remarks on public health that I have ever heard from an elected official. It’s still having a big impact today … I cant think of another time when a national leader has broached such a sensitive topic so frankly and so publicly. Even better, Modi backed up his names with actions.”

Modi had announced the Clean India mission in 2014 and it included ceasing open defecation national by 2019 by positioning 75 million toilets in all regions of the country. The advance can be tracked on this dashboard.

Gates, in an earlier tweet, had period it an “amazing undertaking”.

He too shared a VR video ( Talking Toilets ) he had filmed on his visit to India.

“What I love most about Clean India is that it linked a great problem, get everyone working on it, and is squandering evaluation to evidence where happens need to be done differently. As the old-time saying vanishes, What get evaluated get done, ” wrote Gates.

Well done, Modi. Well done, India!

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