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Sanitation & Toilets

Housing & Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri addresses the National Workshop Cum-Exhibition on Sustainable Sanitation, in New Delhi.

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Visitors laugh as they jokingly motion to give a push while sitting on colorful toilet bowls at the Unko Museum in Yokohama, south of Tokyo. In a country known for its cult of cute, even poop is not an exception. A pop-up exhibition at the Unko Museum in the port city of Yokohama is all about unko, a Japanese word for poop. The poop installations there get their cutest makeovers. They come in the shape of soft cream, or cupcake toppings.

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A view of the bio-toilet boat at the Dasasomedh Ghat, in Varanasi.

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Couples being presented with toilets as gifts to promote 'Ghar Ghar Shauchalay" scheme and Swachh Bharat Mission during a mass marriage ceremony in Allahabad.

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Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan being greeted by representatives of eunuchs during inauguration of country's second toilet for third genders in Bhopal.

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Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu honouring the achievers of 'Crusade for Toilets' at the 'Swachhta Hi Seva' and 'A Crusade for Toilets' programme under Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, at Konnur village in Gadag district.

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Minister of State for Skill Development Anant Kumar Hegde during the launch of 101 toilets at a village on the occasion of PM Narendra Modi's birthday, in Hubbali.

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People reading the poster of the smart public toilet during the launch of 'Toilet karenge search, toilets rakhenge swachh' campaign, in New Delhi.

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Chairman, NDMC, Naresh Kumar with Director, Swachh Bharat Mission, Parveen Prakash and other officials during the launch of the 'Toilet karenge search, Toilets rakhenge swachh' campaign, in New Delhi.

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Kings XI Punjab players David Miller, Virender Sehwag, Varun Aron and others inaugurate toilets at a government school under Swachh bharat mission, in Indore.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the inaugural ceremony of the INDOSAN (India Sanitation Conference), in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi conferring the Swachhata Awards as Union Urban development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and MoS Rao Inderjit Singh look on, at the inaugural ceremony of the INDOSAN (India Sanitation Conference), in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the inaugural ceremony of the INDOSAN (India Sanitation Conference), in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi watching an exhibition on ‘Sanitation’ at the inaugural ceremony of the INDOSAN (India Sanitation Conference), in New Delhi.

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Policemen detain Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani, center wearing glasses, during a protest by sanitation workers, in Ahmadabad.

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Sanitation workers cleaning railway tracks

Photograph by Nirala Tripathi

A policewoman tries to calm a sanitation employee who raised slogans against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as he was leaving after inaugurating a medical college in Rohini.

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Sanitation workers protest against chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to demand immediate release of funds for payment of their salaries and arrears, in New Delhi.

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Delhi MCD sanitation workers protest against chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to demand immediate release of funds for payment of their salaries and arrears, in New Delhi.

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From left, UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia Karin Hulshof, Indian former cricketer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Sachin Tendulkar, International Cricket Council CEO David Richardson and Secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Anurag Thakur, pose for a photo during a promotional event . The event was organized by the International Cricket Council, UNICEF and Team Swachh, which aimed to build a social movement for sanitation and toilet use, thereby leading to an open defecation free India.

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A sanitary worker spraying bleaching powder in the housing board at Kotturpuram that was severely hit due to excess rainfall, in Chennai.

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Cleaned Floor cleaners being packed at the Haridwar plant

Actress Charmy Kaur, second right, flags off an awareness rally on World Toilet Day in Hyderabad.

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Sadhus passing by make shift toilets installed at the Tapowan in Nashik for the ongoing Kumbh Mela Festival, in Nashik.

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Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi addressing MCD workers during their protest for dues, at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.

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Sanitation workers burn effigies of Narendra Modi and Arvind Kejriwal during a protest against the failure of BJP-led Central Govt. and Delhi Govt., at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi.

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Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi during a rally of sanitation workers against the failure of BJP-led Central Govt. and Delhi Govt., at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi.

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Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi addressing MCD workers during their protest for dues, at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.

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Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi during a rally of sanitation workers against the failure of BJP-led Central Govt. and Delhi Govt., at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi.

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Sanitation workers removing garbage from a road at Radhu Palace in East Delhi, after being assured of salary in next couple of days, MCD workers of East Delhi ended their strike.

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A view during the ongoing strike by MCD workers in New Delhi.

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BJP workers clean various ghats as part of Swachch Bharat Mission, in Varanasi.

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Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar alongwith PWD minister Rao Narbir Singh participating in Raahgiri in Gurgaon.

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In the absence of proper ramps, athletes are forced to abandon their wheelchairs, forcing them to defecate in the open, at 15th National Para-Athletics Championships organised at Ghaziabad. The participating athletes have been put up at unfurnished and unhygienic accommodations, prompting the Sports Ministry to seek a report from the organisers.

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Locals and students during the formation of a human chain from Haringhata to Palashi, 122Km long road on NH 34 demanding proper santitation and toilet at Nadia district in West Bengal.

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Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu inaugurates the World Toilet Summit 2015, in New Delhi.

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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley with Vadodara district collector Vinod Rao cleaning the road near Lord Kuber temple at village Karnali in Vadodara district of Gujarat.

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Participants create awareness for Swachh Bharat Mission at the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2014 in New Delhi.

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People sitting on commode-seats at the Toilet Café inside Environmental Sanitation Institute (ESI) in Ahmedabad.

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A woman walks after defecating on a railway track, on World Toilet Day in Gauhati. India is considered to have the world's worst sanitation record despite spending some $3 billion since 1986 on sanitation programs, according to government figures.

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A woman walks in a field after relieving herself in the open, on World Toilet Day on the outskirts of Jammu.

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RWA members take part in clean city campaign supported by DLF foundation in Gurgaon.

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Sweeping away a past? Modi launching Swachh Bharat

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The Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, Rural Development, Drinking Water & Sanitation and Panchayati Raj, Nitin Gadkari taking an aerial inspection of the Sethusamudram project site, in Rameswaram.

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Members of Friends Club wearing masks of celebrities in a cleanliness drive during “Swachh Fancy Bazar Swasth Fancy Bazar” in Guwahati.

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Hrithik Roshan joined in the PM's Swachh Bharat Campaign and took to cleaning his neighbourhood, the photos of which he of course tweeted and said: "Wish my children ver here wth me 2watch their daddy help clean d neighbourhood. No better way 2 teach dan by example."

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Combo image: Industrialist Anil Ambani participates in a clean drive as part of Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan outside Church Gate Station in Mumbai.

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U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, right, teaches high-five to a girl next to Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va, during their visit to Sanjay Gandhi J.J. Cluster shanty town to overview sanitation programs run by non-governmental organisations, in New Delhi.

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Video Grab: Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar accepted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s nomination as one of the ‘ambassadors’ of ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign by sweeping a road with a broom in hand, in Mumbai.

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Aam Admi Party senior leader Yogendra Yadav along with supporters participates in a Swachh Raajniti March (clean politics) in Gurgaon

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Delhi Police Commissioner Bhimsen Bassi participates in the 'Swacch Bharat Abhiyan' at the Tilak Marg police station, in New Delhi.

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Delhi Police Commissioner Bhimsen Bassi participates in the 'Swacch Bharat Abhiyan' at the Tilak Marg police station, in New Delhi.

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President, Pranab Mukherjee flagging off the “Swachh Bharat Walkathon” from Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi.

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Central Reserve Police Force personnel sweeps the roadsides as they participate in 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' in Srinagar.

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Sabarimala, September 2014 Pilgrim hotspot Sabarimala, Kerala

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Mumbai, September 2014 Choked drains in Dharavi

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New Delhi, September 2014 Garbage piling up outside Safdarjang Hospital, one of the capital’s finest

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Where’s a good spot? Women walking the tracks in Calcutta

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Varanasi, September 2014 Overflowing gutters in the Bajardhia locality in Varanasi

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Ahmedabad, October 2014 Overflowing garbage dumps in the Ranip area near Sabarmati Jail in Ahmedabad

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Varanasi, July 2014 Golgadda road sweepstakes

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Anant Geete sweeps a section of the Udyog Bhawan as part of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in New Delhi.

Photo by Tribhuvan Tiwari

Anant Geete sweeps a section of the Udyog Bhawan as part of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in New Delhi.

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Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad stopped for a surprise check at post offices and did not like what he saw - dirty corners, stacks of files and cobwebs - just before the launch of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "clean India" mission.

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Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad stopped for a surprise check at post offices and did not like what he saw - dirty corners, stacks of files and cobwebs - just before the launch of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "clean India" mission.

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Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad stopped for a surprise check at post offices and did not like what he saw - dirty corners, stacks of files and cobwebs - just before the launch of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "clean India" mission.

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Union Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan sweeps as he takes part in 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ (Clean India Mission) at FCI office in New Delhi

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MoS for PMO Jitendra Singh along with his officials sweep an area outside the North Block as he participates in 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ (Clean India Mission) in New Delhi

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Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti takes part in Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ (Clean India Mission) at Shram Shakti Bhawan, in New Delhi.

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Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti sweeps as she takes part in Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ (Clean India Mission) at Shram Shakti Bhawan, in New Delhi.

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Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Law and Justice, sweeps an area outside Shastri Bhawan as he participates in 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ (Clean India Mission), in New Delhi.

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An AAP worker protests the lack of Sulabh toilets in old city area in Allahabad.

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In this Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 photo, a woman sits on a toilet on Ipanema beach to protest water pollution in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Water pollution has become a hot-button issue because much of the city's sewage flows untreated into the city's waterways.

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Members of Sulabh International Social Service Organization offer each other, pieces of cake after cutting a pee pot shaped cake as they mark World Toilet Day in New Delhi.

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Japanese electronic push button toilets to heat seats, activate water jets.

Antic Toilet Pics by Sanjay Rawat, Courtesy: Sulabh International Museum of Toilets

Plastic pot from Andhra Placed on top of ‘Indian style’ toilets for those who can’t squat.

Antic Toilet Pics by Sanjay Rawat, Courtesy: Sulabh International Museum of Toilets

Chinese pot, 1800s Used to carry human waste from households to the cesspits.

Antic Toilet Pics by Sanjay Rawat, Courtesy: Sulabh International Museum of Toilets

Toilet as ad banner This model in Las Vegas is advertising a bakery.

Antic Toilet Pics by Sanjay Rawat, Courtesy: Sulabh International Museum of Toilets

Toy toilet Children’s toy reproduces sounds heard in toilets.

Antic Toilet Pics by Sanjay Rawat, Courtesy: Sulabh International Museum of Toilets

Bucket toilet Cushioned loo in Europe’s clubs helps members keep eye on table stakes.

Antic Toilet Pics by Sanjay Rawat, Courtesy: Sulabh International Museum of Toilets

Wax toilet from India Hand-crafted to perfection.

Antic Toilet Pics by Sanjay Rawat, Courtesy: Sulabh International Museum of Toilets

Toilet from Austria Commode with wood platform helps in winter.

Antic Toilet Pics by Sanjay Rawat, Courtesy: Sulabh International Museum of Toilets

Victorian-era toilet Designs in flaming red were a one-season fave.

Antic Toilet Pics by Sanjay Rawat, Courtesy: Sulabh International Museum of Toilets

Victorian-era pot Ceramic pots also came in gold finish.

Antic Toilet Pics by Sanjay Rawat, Courtesy: Sulabh International Museum of Toilets

French royalty, 1600s Throne-like chamber pot of Louis XIV. Would even give audience while on it.

Antic Toilet Pics by Sanjay Rawat, Courtesy: Sulabh International Museum of Toilets

Victorian-era pot Floral designs added to the ceramic pot craze.

Antic Toilet Pics by Sanjay Rawat, Courtesy: Sulabh International Museum of Toilets

Victorian-era toilets Ornate ceramic pots were all thae rage then.

Antic Toilet Pics by Sanjay Rawat, Courtesy: Sulabh International Museum of Toilets

French royalty, 1700s Designed to mock Brits; English classics on shelf.

Antic Toilet Pics by Sanjay Rawat, Courtesy: Sulabh International Museum of Toilets

Electric toilet, 1990s The contraption burns human waste into ash.

Antic Toilet Pics by Sanjay Rawat, Courtesy: Sulabh International Museum of Toilets

Live well Runaway bride Priyanka Rai returns to her husband’s house after a toilet was built

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Open toilet in Gulabi Tekra area, Ahmedabad

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Steady, please A makeshift loo in a Mumbai slum

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Spare the walls Scene near Old Delhi railway station

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