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Rahul Jacob's opinion piece highlights r.i.c.e.'s research and calls on the government to convince people to use latrines rather than focusing on latrine building targets if the Swacch Bharat Mission is to have any impact on public health. Article here.  

In this article on stunting in India, Nicholas Kristof, a Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for the New York Times, discusses r.i.c.e. research about maternal health and open defecation.

Sangita and Nikhil's op-ed in LiveMint talks about the need for better data on sanitation in India, and why the SBM is struggling to reduce open defecation.  This is the first of two articles that they wrote for LiveMint on

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".

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