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Sulabh International founder Birendra Pathak has announced that an open defecation-free village in Mewat will be named aft
The Maharashtra government has decided to form 'Good morning' squads to monitor and stop open defecation in all villages a
Strange as it may sound, an elderly woman and her daughter in a village here have lodged a police complaint of 'theft of t
Over 83 per cent people from 434 cities and towns across the country feel their areas are much cleaner than last year, acc
Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar today said that government should set up mobile toilets every 500 metres or at least one km a
Starting tomorrow, women and children won't have to hunt for public conveniences in busy markets in south Delhi as they ca
The South Delhi Municipal Corporation has initiated steps to make toilets in hotels and restaurants accessible to the gene
Atleast 582 gram panchayat representatives in Chhattisgarh's Raigarh district have been issued notices
With a view to promote menstrual health of women and adolescent girls by ensuring availability of quality sanitary napkins
The National Green Tribunal today said salaries to sanitation employees should be paid on time as it sought a detailed rep
Photo courtesy Sulabh International
The Telegraph reports on the saddest stink in the world:
India is at the top of an unenviable heap that may invite involuntary sniggers but carries with it the seeds of an inexcusable tragedy.
A global report has put the number of Indians who defaecate in the open at 665 million — more than half of the 1.2 billion people estimated to have followed the practice worldwide in 2006.
A related piece of statistics brings out the magnitude of the fallout: India also accounts for the highest number of child deaths from diarrhoea. Over 386,000 children — out of the 1.5 million worldwide — who die annually from the infection are from the country, according to a report released by Unicef and the WHO on Wednesday.
Apart from other methods to propagate awareness, as Rhys Blakely in Mumbai reported in the Times, London some months back, is the campaign that is the headline of this post:
The slogan - often lengthened in Hindi to “If you don't have a proper lavatory in your house, don't even think about marrying my daughter” - has been plastered across villages in the region as part of a drive to boost the number of pukka facilities. In a country where more households have TV sets than lavatories, it is one of the most successful efforts to combat the chronic shortage of proper plumbing.
That is probably partly because of the country's skewed sex ratio, with 8 per cent more men than women, leading to a “bride shortage”. Woman generally have also become more vocal in their resentment at having to relieve themselves outside, giving brides more leverage in premarital bargaining.
(Link in separate emails via Shyamal Ghosh and Aparna Kohli)
The Pew Research Center asked 1,003 Americans what they considered to be a necessity as against a luxury they could live without. This is what they found:
OK, I can off-hand explain the figures for TV (computers perhaps as alternatives?) But what good is a TV without cable or satellite -- so what explains the lower figure for these? And what explains this fascination for landlines? What really threw me was that only 31 percent want high-speed internet. Perhaps I should go back and read more carefully about the sample size, demographics etc. As for other things, has the recession also brought about an end of materialism?
It'd be fascinating to do a similar exercise for India -- but then which India? It's sobering to think about those without access to food, clothing, education, water, sanitation, electricity but for now perhaps we could start with a similar survey of those who access blogs such as this one: So tell us, which of the above are necessities for you?