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The article, written by Rukmini S had the funny but tragic but true headline, Toilets on Paper. She quotes our Associate Director Payal Hathi: More than half the households in the country still lack access to sanitation. In its villages, some

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

r.i.c.e.’s Dean Spears talks on NDTV about open defecationandhow children in both rural and urban areas fall prey to malnutrition due to lack of proper sanitation. You can wash the full show here

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

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