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This article, which is critical of practices aimed at humiliating people who defecate outdoors, describes better ways of encouraging people to install and use a latrine.  Data collected by r.i.c.e. showing that even when toilets have been built, they are

In this review of "Where India Goes", a book  by r.i.c.e. founders Diane Coffey and Dean Spears, concerning the causes and catastrophic effects of open defecation practices in rural India,  author Govindan Nair declares that  the book is, "essential reading

In this article, the author presents the responses to questions from an interview with Dean Spears and Diane Coffey about their research establishing links between open defecation and high infant mortality in rural India and exposing the caste prejudices that

In this carefully researched, yet readable and engaging article, author Elizabeth Royte cites data collected by r.i.c.e. to show that the death and disease caused by the persistence of the practice of outdoor defecation in rural India isn't just the

In this excerpt from their new book, Where India Goes:  Abandoned Toilets, Stunted Development and the Costs of Caste, authors Diane Coffey and Dean Spears explain their research findings that the primary reason for poor sanitation in rural India is

Rural India's exceptionally high rate of open defecation has much less to do with poverty than social forces. Years of research have been condensed in a book titled, Where India Goes:  Abandoned Toilets, Stunted Development and the Costs of Caste!

India's exceptionally high rates of open defecation cannot be explained by poverty, nor illiteracy, nor by lack of water, nor by poor governance.  In this article, Coffey and Spears point out that the explanation requires an understanding of rural India's

In 2014, the Prime Minister announced a goal of eliminating open defecation in 2019.  In this article, Coffey and Spears contend that now almost two-thirds of the way through the Swachh Bharat Mission, nobody knows whether it is succeeding because

No one knows if the Swachh Bharat Mission to eliminate open defecation is working because there is no credible independent survey that can offer a useful estimate of the fraction of rural persons defecating in the open.  In this article,

The Caravan recently published Sangita's article on dangerously high levels  of outdoor air pollution in rural India, a problem which garners very little attention. Read the article here.

The Caravan's cover story this month is on the Swachh Bharat Mission, and concludes that it is "heading for failure." The article compellingly points out that addressing manual scavenging is essential for a successful SBM. Sagar writes: The Swachh Bharat Mission raises questions

Reservation in jobs, and in academic institution is seen as one of the most delicate issues being discussed in contemporary India. Our research fellow, Nidhi Khurana, used Social Attitudes Research for India (SARI) data to address several aspects and fallacies

The article highlights a pit-emptying drives by Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar in the presence of Minister of the Ministry, in Khargone district of Madhya Pradesh, in Khargone district of Madhya Pradesh. This article talks about how this step is important

The article highlights a pit-emptying drives by the Secretary of the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, in Warangal district of Telangana. It also stresses on the role of caste in the high number of open defectors in the India,

Kumkum Dasgupta, the Associate Editor at the Hindustan Times, puts together evidence from across the country and finds that the “mad rush for the toilets under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan [is] flouting citizens’ rights.” She also uses our Social Attitudes Research for

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