Gujarat was declared open defecation free in October 2017 based on the number of toilets constructed as part of the Swachh Bharat mission, but the ground reality is different in the rural areas of the state.
Instead of doing away with the Swachh Bharat cess, the Centre should have made sure that the money made its way to the municipalities.
The open letter, signed by 67 retired officers, catalogues the “continuing incidents of mindless violence” that have engulfed India these past few years.
In Japan, cleaning is a public service to be performed by everyone, not relegated to one marginalised section of the society.
Volunteers hired by an event management company are being used to make sure citizens give the kind of feedback the government wants.
Despite sanitation experts and studies pointing out that a majority of these toilets are ineffective or ill maintained, an approximate Rs 1,200 crore has been allocated for fitting additional coaches with bio-toilets.
In addition to the increased risk of disease, the lack of sanitation facilities also makes women and girls susceptible to harassment and illiteracy.
The success of such cleanliness programmes cannot be measured through factors like waste disposal and no open defecation alone; its role in reducing epidemic outbreak is equally important.
The people continue to defecate in the open, though government records show the village has functional toilets.
Arfa Khanum Sherwani discusses why the safety of sanitation workers is missing from our agenda of Swachh Bharat.
In an attempt to make the city ‘open defecation free’, families who had paid for toilets and were midway through construction allege that their houses were destroyed before surveyors came around.
Diane Coffey and Dean Spears’ Where India Goes is a path breaking addition to the literature on child malnutrition and development policy in India.
Where India Goes is essential reading not only for policy-makers and development professionals, but for anyone interested in the paradoxes of development in the early 21st century.
The order said that the photographs were to be sent to panchayat secretaries who were then to circulate them on social media to shame those defecating in the open.
“MLAs who have adopted schools in their region will go there and promote PM’s message of cleanliness as part of the celebrations,” MOS for basic education said.
‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ looks less like a sincere effort to deconstruct and depict a complex reality, and more like an attempt to sidle up to one particular political party.
Divya Bharathi and her supporters wonder if the timing and very public nature of her arrest were meant to intimidate her into silence on the subject of manual scavenging.
While the government has said it wants to end manual scavenging, budgetary allocations for rehabilitation and better technologies are declining.
Lynching is a modern form of tribalism, where enemies – differentiated by religion, race, caste or ideology – are bracketed for elimination.
In the 40th episode of Jan Gan Man Ki Baat, Vinod Dua talks about the hype around triple talaq and Forbes magazine listing Mumbai and New Delhi in their list of 5 most polluted cities in the world.
Techniques such as the Fischer Tropsch Synthesis can be used to turn garbage into biogas and other fuels which also reduces carbon dioxide emissions.
Despite the many challenges before it, what AAP has achieved in Delhi during its two years in power is commendable. When compared to the purely negative campaigns of other parties, the decision is clear.
The formation of political opinions is not limited to how one accesses and consumes information. Familial and caste affiliations play a big role too.
Nai Disha is an initiative that rehabilitates manual scavengers, especially women, and provides them with vocational training to find alternative livelihoods.
The social objective is being converted into a writ that all must obey, with the state seeing citizens who are forced by poverty into open defecation as unsightly and inconvenient aberrations who must be bent and broken if need be.
Real change comes about when the people are empowered to participate in the decision making process
One reason why the BJP is going on a communication overdrive is because it actually thinks the mainstream media has not projected its policies in the right manner. The truth is something else.