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The Times of India reported yesterday that the Secretary of the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Param Iyer, emptied a latrine pit in Warangal district yesterday. It's now well known that the history and continuing practice of untouchability play an...Read More..

Influencing the beliefs, attitudes, or behaviors of others through research is tough, and often unsuccessful. But this reader's comment on Diane's recent article in The Hindu on women eating last inspires us to keep on trying....Read More..

Our article on pollution, latrine pits, and untouchability has been published in this week's EPW! This article discusses the findings of the Switching Study, which we started several years ago. So it's great to finally see this in print! India has far higher open...Read More..

The Hindu just ran a four-part series covering the Social Attitudes Research for India (SARI) Survey. SARI uses a sampling frame based on mobile phone subscriptions, random digit dialing, within-household sample selection, and statistical weights to build representative samples of adults...Read More..

Nikhil's new article in scroll is now online. The article explains the link between India's open defecation problem and manual scavenging. Nikhil has tried answering some of the critical questions that the problem of open defecation poses for us. Read...Read More..

Thanks so much to Payal for sharing Nilanjana Sen's new article at Fair Observer about caste & sanitation in India.  It talks about how India's history and continuing practice of untouchability makes the adoption of simple latrines a unique challenge. ...Read More..

The Global Health Frontiers series on sanitation talks about the effect of poor sanitation on physical and cognitive development of an individual. The film has featured an interview with our MD, Sangita Vyas and Research and Policy Manager, Nikhil Srivastav....Read More..

Dean's new paper on 'Caste and Life Satisfaction' got published in Economic and Political Weekly this week. The paper shows one of the evidence on relevance of caste in North India. Dean has used SQUAT data to show relationship of...Read More..

This week, Economic and Political Weekly published my review of Joshua Greene's book Moral Tribes.  The review begins by considering the arguments Greene makes for the implications of moral psychology for ethics: perhaps many of our ethical intuitions are as...Read More..

If you would like to attend the conference, you must register by here by 25th Sept. Last year, the Government of India launched the Swachch Bharat Mission, aimed at eliminating open defecation by 2019. How can the widespread adoption of latrine use...Read More..

A recent ad on Mid-day meal Scheme in India, made by UNICEF and uploaded on Youtube by Ministry of Human Resource and Development, is exciting. It shows little kids sitting together and enjoying nutritious meals offered in their schools. The...Read More..

Scroll.in did a report on Aashish's paper "Reporting and incidence of violence against women in India". Check out the article here. It says, When thinking of sexual violence, most people imagine the perpetrator a stranger lurking in the dark. In...Read More..

Without saying much, I'll post the full interview here.  Its available online on the Business Standard website here. -- Rural India is a dismal outlier when it comes to open defecation and that's a major reason for its stunted, unhealthy...Read More..

For those of you haven’t been paying attention to the uproar in India over whether school kids get Christmas off this year, we have one more thing to rejoice today: India’s “commitment towards providing transparent, effective and accountable governance to...Read More..

Op-ed in Indian Express: Can India be far behind? Written by Dean Spears on November 19th, 2014 My op-ed on emissions and coal in India was published today in the Indian express.  I’ll post it below, but first this haunting photograph that accompanied Gardiner...Read More..

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I’m writing mainly to post a link to Gardiner Harris’s NYT story today: Coal rush in India could tip balance on climate change.  Getting energy from coal has truly awful health consequences — I sometimes think that if I weren’t...Read More..

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