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The Secretary of the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation should be commended for setting a good example by emptying the decomposed waste from a twin-pit latrine in Warangal district. Diane and Sangita talk about why this was such an important step forward

Yamini Aiyer, senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research and director of the Accountability Initiative, writes about the constraints in achieving the country’s goal of achieving a Swachh Bharat in Live Mint. Apart from the government data, the article

In the final article in the four-part series on the data reporting on data collected by the new survey, Social Attitudes Research for India, Diane discusses the implications for early-life health of women eating last.

In this article, Amit discusses public opinions on reservations, based on data collected from the Social Attitudes Research for India (SARI) Survey. The results indicate that a majority of the most educated and historically well-to-do communities in Delhi do not feel

The second article of the four-party SARI series in The Hindu is out! In this article, Amit and Diane discuss just how commonly untouchability is still practiced in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, the two regions in which the Social Attitudes Research for India Survey

In the first of a four-part series, Amit and Diane discuss attitudes towards inter-caste marriage. Using data from a new r.i.c.e. survey called Social Attitudes Research for India (SARI), they find that nearly 50% of the non-Scheduled Caste respondents in Delhi and 70% in

In this article, Sangita discusses the slow progress of the SBM as it passes its two-year mark. A phone survey conducted by r.i.c.e. shows that there is shockingly little awareness that an important goal of the Swachh Bharat Mission is to eliminate

This article compares the latrine use figures from the NSSO's Swachhta Status Report to r.i.c.e.'s SQUAT Survey, and reports on the progress of the first two years of the SBM. The SQUAT Survey finds much higher rates of open defecation among

In this article, Sangita discusses the progress of the SBM. Two years in, ending open defecation is still a distant goal.

Economics professor at UC Santa Cruz, Nirvikar Singh, discusses how hard it can be to influence policy, taking sanitation as an example, in this article in Financial Express.

This article explores sanitation in Sindhudurg, identified as India's cleanest district in the NSSO's Swachhta Status Report, and discusses how the NSSO survey was operationalized. The article notes that the districts visited in this survey are not representative of rural India as

In her article Danielle Preiss of NPR discusses the pros and cons of a strategy that focuses on illiciting shame and disgust to motivate people to stop decating in the open.  She cites the SQUAT survey finding that many people

In this article about economic policy making, UC Santa Cruz professor Nirvikar Singh discusses r.i.c.e. researchers' work on sanitation policy as it is presented in the economic and policy blog, Ideas for India.

This article discusses high rates of anemia among pregnant women in India and links to sanitation.

Here is the link to Nikhil's new article for scroll. The article explains the link between open defecation and caste system in India with the help of some critical questions. Nikhil has comprehensively answered these questions to explain the link

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