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In the second article in their series on sanitation policy in LiveMint, Nikhil and Sangita talk about behavior change efforts under the SBM, and pose the question: Can the SBM be saved? Article here.

In this op-ed, Dean calls for monitoring latrine use under the Swacch Bharat Mission. See article here.

In this article, reprinted from CASI's India in Transition blog, Diane discusses the causes and consequences of poor maternal nutrition in India, and calls for implementation of existing laws entitling pregnant women to a cash transfer, and for national maternal

In this article, Diane discusses the causes and consequences of poor maternal nutrition in India, and calls for implementation of existing laws entitling pregnant women to a cash transfer, and for national maternal health monitoring. See article here.

This story from the Hindustan Times quotes r.i.c.e. research about why so many people in India defecate in the open. Article here.

In this article, Anumeha Yadav examines how the Swacch Bharat Mission has been going in Alwar, Rajasthan, and quotes Nikhil on why privately constructed latrines look different than the kinds of latrines the government promotes. Article here.

In this article, Moushumi Das Gupta and Brajesh Kumar cite Sangita on the relationship between latrine use in rural India and untouchability, and on the need for better sanitation policy. Article here.

In this editorial, Indian Express News Service cites r.i.c.e. research and explains: "Swachh Bharat will also have to account for the culture of purity and pollution rural sanitation is embedded in, and more carefully negotiate issues of caste on the

Since India does not have a national system to monitor health during pregnancy, the fraction of women of child-bearing age who are underweight - 35.5% - is used as a proxy for the fraction of pre-pregnant women who are underweight.

Ishan Bakshi writes about recent research that points to culture as a determinant of open defecation. Read the complete article here.

Do check Aashish's and Kanika's article on marital rape in India in the Hindu. Here.

The new and very cool website The Wire just published an article by Nikhil and Aashish on "Why Using Patriarchal Messaging to Promote Toilets is a Bad Idea".

If you haven't already, check Nikhil and Aashish's full page op-ed in Livemint. The link is here, and the PDF copy of the page can be downloaded from here. Also poste below are some comments by twitterati. [Super charts] "Like

Check out Washington's Post report on toilets in rural India. They visit a man in rural India who did not want a toilet, because he thought that the pit was too small. “We never asked for a toilet. Now we

Just two days ago, award winning journalist Sreenivasan Jain and Manas Roshan of NDTV did a story on the Swachh Bharat Mission as part of their investigative show, Truth Versus Hype.  You can watch the show here.

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