Speech on Cleanliness is Next to Godliness

You are Ronak/ Rani of class XI. Your teacher has asked you to deliver a speech on the topic ‘Cleanliness is Next to Godliness’ in the morning assembly. Write the speech in not more than 150–200 words.

Good morning to one and all present. Today, I Ronak of XI B, got the golden opportunity to express my views on the topic ‘Cleanliness is next to Godliness’.

An old proverb says, “Cleanliness is next to Godliness.” This means that cleanliness comes next to Godliness in importance.

Cleanliness of the body is necessary for physical health. Dirt and disease go together. Disease causing germs breed and thrive in dirt; and the epidemic diseases which sweep over a country and carry off thousands, are generally the results of the dirty habits and surroundings of the people. Not only the regular washing of hands and face, but the frequent and thorough bathing of the whole body, and wearing clean clothes, are conditions of good health.

To keep our house and neighbourhood clean is our utmost obligation as it is the only remedy available for national health and hygiene. Dirt and refuse are the causes of sickness and sufferings, which ultimately give rise to diseases and epidemics. Plagues and epidemics that set in are called by filthy and insanitary hygienic conditions. So it is a prime duty of every citizen to ensure that public places and our surroundings are not littered.

A great percentage of our population lives below the poverty line. Slums in metropolitan areas are inhabited by these poor people, most of them have migrated from villages. Unable to earn a decent means of living, they live in huts having no proper sanitation or drinking water.

The uneducated people need to be instructed in civics and cleaning surroundings. Cleanliness of body leads to the cleanliness of mind, and thereby to the soul.

Thank you

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