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Conference on Purity, Untouchability, and Open Defecation: Starting a Conversation for a Swacch Bharat

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Jawaharlal Nehru University, Convention Centre To mark one year of the Swacch Bharat Mission, r.i.c.e. organized a conference in collaboration with the Indian Institute for Dalit Studies. The goal of the conference was to explore connections between beliefs in purity and untouchability and the practice of open defecation. PRESENTATIONS Introduction - What do purity, pollution, caste, and untouchability mean for Swachh Bharat? Session 1 - Understanding caste and work through engaging with conservancy workers Session 2 - The continuing practice of untouchability and its implications for open defecation Session 3 - Why do so many rural Indians defecate in the open: Purity, Untouchability, and Caste

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