r.i.c.e. in the news
Ajai Sreevatsan of The Hindu in his meticulous analysis of the profligate sanitation programs in India, uses SQUAT survey and argues that constructing toilet alone is not enough. He also shows that huge funds for construction were not successful in curbing
Soutik Biswas, a Delhi correspondent for BBC, reports on the SQUAT surveys findings about open defecation among people with latrines in their homes. He also argues that building toilets is not enough to end open defecation in India. When Prime
r.i.c.e.’s Payal Hathi use SQUAT and UNICEF/WHO data to explores how making community latrines won’t work for rural India. She also argues that promotion of latrine use, rather than latrine construction, is the best way to make progress on ending
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
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.