Toilet revolution

In life there are three main basic needs – food, clothing and shelter. A toilet should be in that basic need category, though once acquired, it is certainly taken for granted. If you happen to be passing a village in wee morning hours, you will notice indian village women squatting behind bushes to do the needful.

For men, the whole world is a urinal…they just look for a dingy lane and piss on the wall. What about women?? Anita Narre will be remembered for leading ‘toilet revolution’ as she refused to go to her husband’s home post marriage until he built a toilet. She was handed $10,000 by Sulabh International, a non-profit group, for refusing to defecate in the open and sparking a “toilet revolution” in her village in central Madhya Pradesh, according to the district magistrate.

She acted truly on the adage Be the change you want to see in the world ~ Mahatma Gandhi.

China has made great strides in both rural and urban sanitation. Despite longstanding efforts by the various levels of government and communities at improving it, it still is inadequate in rural areas.
A UN study in 2010 found more people in India have access to a mobile phone than to a toilet. Jairam Ramesh, India’s rural development minister, on Wednesday called for making India “an open defecation free” country in the next 10 years.
Well, I will be around to see this miracle. In the meanwhile, I will start awareness drives for proper sanitation and hygiene among people in rural areas.
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