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Sangita Vyas of r.i.c.e., Proff. Jeff Hammer of Princeton, and Jayamala Subramaniam of Arghyam, rang in the Swacch Bharat Mission on India at 9 with Anubha Bhonsle. The show culminated with Bhonsle summarizing, “The emphasis has to be on behavioural

Dean Spears and Diane Coffey of r.i.c.e. advocate to promote the message of latrine use, in order to eliminate open defecation in India. They also talk about the expensive aspirations that people in rural India has for latrines and how

Chaitanya Kalbag wrote an interesting column quoting SQUAT and r.i.c.e.’s several other researches in The Economic Times. He also quotes some Swachchata prerak’s ruefully saying, ‘Even when toilets are built, people continue to defecate in the open. Changing mindsets is

Author, diplomat and Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor recently wrote an NDTV blog on sanitation quoting liberally from r.i.c.e. research. (Dr. Shashi Tharoor is a two-time MP from Thiruvananthapuram, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs, the

Aashish Gupta and Payal Hathi of r.i.c.e. advocate for a Sanitation Sena (An army of sanitation workers for behaviour change) for promoting latrine use in India. They also talk about lack of awareness of detrimental effects of open defecation among

Sangita Vyas from r.i.c.e. writes about the policy priorities for the Swachch Bharat Mission. She stresses that India needs a latrine use revolution, led by the country’s top leadership and known to every rural Indian. She also talks about the

KumKum Dasgupta, Associate Editor with The Hindustan Times, quotes SQUAT Survey, Dean Spears and Diane Coffey in her ‘analysis’ piece for the paper. You can also read the full article here.

Bhupesh Bhandari, a columnist at Business Standard, writes about r.i.c.e.’s reasearch. In the article he talks about peoples aversion to using a latrine. He also shows evidence against the fallacy that there is a correlation between water availability and open

Dean Spears and Nikhil of r.i.c.e. wrote a full page in Hindi on sanitation using SQUAT findings. You can also read the article here.

In this article, Hindu reporter Rukmini S. uses SQUAT data to describe how despite having access to toilets, many people, both men and women, choose to defecate in the open. She explains how some groups are now arguing for a

Dean Spears and Diane Coffey of r.i.c.e. advocate for a massive campaign to promote the message of latrine use, at the scale of Pulse Polio, in order to eliminate open defecation in India. See the full text of the article

Ajai Sreevatsan of The Hindu in his meticulous analysis of the profligate sanitation programs in India, uses SQUAT survey and argues that constructing toilets alone is not enough. He also talks about how huge funds for construction were not successful

In this opinion piece, Sangita Vyas uses SQUAT data to argue that most people can already afford life-saving latrines in rural India — and the government policy should focus on changing the attitudes and beliefs that prevent them from building

Aashish Gupta and Sangita Vyas of r.i.c.e. urge for a broader coalition of stakeholders to come together and increase their commitment to finding a solution to ending open defecation in India, similar to the concerted effort in Bangladesh to promote

Aidan Cronin of UNICEF writes about the importance of social norms in making open defecation an acceptable practice in many parts of India. In order to create a new social norm in which everyone uses a toilet, he calls for