They, however, cautioned that the execution of the mission remains a "big challenge".The "Swachh Bharat Abhiyan" was launched by the prime minister  on October 2,  the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, to make India a clean and better place to live.

"Modi is really dynamic and the (Swachh Bharat) mission is a wonderful initiative," said Japanese-origin Odissi danseuse Masako Ono, who came to India 18 years ago to learn the dance form in the country of its origin.

"The execution of the mission is a big challenge, like any other initiative. Let's try taking care of our own garbage at least to start with... we ourselves have to do it from our small surrounding environment. I tell you it is effective for your physical fitness," the Bhubaneswar-based danseuse, an empanelled artist of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) said.

Delhi-based American textile designer Peter D'Ascoli said,"We, who live in India, are aware of many problems and challenges facing the nation. I am pleased to see the ambitious initiatives Modi and his new government have launched."

"The 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' is a much-needed public awareness programme that has reminded me of the TV commercials I saw as a child in the 1970s in New York, teaching citizens not to throw garbage on the street," D'Ascoli said.

The textile designer, who has been living in India for the past nine years, runs a design and product development workshop in Delhi to work with Indian talent. He has worked with the state-run Handicrafts and Handloom Export Corporation to find ways to promote India's rural craft.

Croatia-born Bharatanatyam danseuse Nikolina Nikoleski said the 'Clean India' drive was "phenomenal and a much-needed initiative".

"It's great to see how it has motivated so many people in a short time to really make a difference and contribute with their efforts," Nikoleski, whose love for Bharatanatyam brought her from Zagreb to Delhi said.

Bosnian fitness and wellness expert Vesna Pericevic Jacob, who came to India after she fell in love with an Indian man, said it was good that the campaign was launched at the highest level.

"The 'Clean India Mission' is a necessity and I am glad that it has been taken up as a project at the highest level. It is definitely encouraging to see everyone getting involved," Delhi-based Jacob, who moved to India from Bosnia 11 years ago after her marriage, said.

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