India achieves Guinness world record for max online selfies under 'Meri Mati Mera Desh' campaign

India bagged the Guinness Book of World Records for the maximum number of online selfies under the Central government's 'Meri Mati Mera Desh' campaign by uploading selfies on social media

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Harshali Kemprai
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In what may appear as a major achievement for India, the country bagged the Guinness Book of World Records for the maximum number of online selfies under the Central government's 'Meri Mati Mera Desh' campaign by uploading selfies on social media.

Earlier, the Guinness Book of World Records for the maximum number of selfies was with China in 2016 with around 1 lakh selfies, and now Maharashtra's Savitaribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) has created a record of 10,42,538 selfies with soil.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis took part in the Guinness Book of World Records Certificate awarding ceremony at Mumbai University on Wednesday as a part of the 'Meri Mati Mera Desh' initiative.

 

Maharashtra Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis

 

While addressing the event, Deputy CM Fadnavis said that it is a proud moment for everyone, adding that the 'Meri Mati Mera Desh' initiative is all about showing respect to those who sacrificed their lives for the nation.

"It's a proud moment for us, and SPPU has created this world record. We call this nation Mother, and this Maa is Mitti (soil), and the 'Meri Matti Mera Desh' campaign is all about respecting the people who have sacrificed their lives for the nation, we worship our soil," he said.

"We had 25 lakhs selfies but 10,42 538 selfies got approved and we created the world record by defeating China, so it is Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's Maharashtra who broke this record, we need to break more records," the Deputy CM added.

 

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde

 

CM Shinde also congratulated everyone who was associated with this campaign and said that the campaign showcased patriotism.

"I congratulate everyone associated with this campaign. This campaign shows your patriotism too. Maharashtra has always shown direction to the nation, and we have witnessed this several times too, it's because of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that our country's name has been taken with respect in the world," CM Shinde said.

"The campaign started as a symbol to show patriotism, and Maharashtra participated in it with full support. We have made special arrangements for trains to send these 'Kalash of Soil' to Delhi," he added.

Meri Maati Mera Desh' campaign

 

The 'Meri Maati Mera Desh' (MMMD) campaign is to pay tribute to the Army bravehearts who sacrificed their lives for the nation. As part of this initiative, sacred soil and rice were collected from households across the nation and carefully placed in Amrit Kalash containers.