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Nikhil Srivastav

Director of Research and Sanitation

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Nikhil is a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and Mass Communication and he joined r.i.c.e. in 2013. He is interesting in studying open defecation, and maternal and child health in rural India. Prior to joining r.i.c.e. Nikhil has worked with J-PAL South Asia and IFMR.



Nidhi’s article in THE WIRE!

By Nikhil Srivastav, on April 29th, 2017

Reservation in jobs, and in academic institution is seen as one of the most delicate issues being discussed in contemporary India. Our research fellow, Nidhi Khurana, used Social Attitudes Research for India (SARI) data to address several aspects and fallaciesRead More..


“Mad rush for toilets under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan flouting citizens’ rights”, writes Kumkum Dasgupta from HT

By Nikhil Srivastav, on April 3rd, 2017

[caption id="attachment_29424" align="alignnone" width="474"] photo credit: Nikhil Srivastav[/caption] On October 2nd, 2014, the prime minister of India announced his ambitious target of ending open defecation in India by 2019. Now, two and half years after the prime minister made theRead More..


r.i.c.e. article in THE WIRE

By Nikhil Srivastav, on March 23rd, 2017

Swachh Bharat Mission since its inception has been facing a drought in terms of policy solutions. Given that 2019 is the target for achieving an open defecation free India, the program has already lived half of its life and yetRead More..


Things Swachh Bharat Mission can learn from Yoga Day

By Nikhil Srivastav, on June 23rd, 2015

India, on Sunday morning, set two new Guinness World Records –for the most individuals performing Yoga at a single venue, and individuals from the largest number of nationalities performing it simultaneously. The prime minister took everyone by surprise when afterRead More..