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Decoding GST on sanitary pads

ARUNDATI MURALIDHARAN & TANYA MAHAJAN Why does GST matter? After a year-long zealous campaign on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) for sanitary pads by Members of Parliament, activists, students and the general public, the Government on India announced on 21 July 2018 that sanitary pads will be exempted from GST, a decision that was... Read more

Together, making a lasting impact!

ISHITA RAMPAL India, a country home to over 1.3 billion people, is equivalent to 17.7% of the world’s total population. Along with the varied culture and diversity, emerges an overwhelming reality – the lack of basics such as clean water to drink, an accessible toilet, and good hygiene practices. As I travelled to some of... Read more

How the WASH sector can contribute to the National Nutrition Mission

ARUNDATI MURALIDHARAN The recently approved National Nutrition Mission provides an opportunity to integrate water, sanitation and hygiene interventions for improved nutritional outcomes for children and women. The Government of India’s commitment to improve nutritional status of children and women is receiving unprecedented support. Recently, the Cabinet approved the launch of the National Nutrition Mission with... Read more

Making ‘No Shame in Menstruation’ a Reality!

VIKAS KATARIA Have you ever seen a group of young girls talk about one of most tabooed topics in our country – menstruation – and that too amongst strangers? Well, this did not happen in a metropolitan city like Delhi, but in a remote residential village school for tribal girls in Chittoor District, Andhra Pradesh.... Read more

Access Denied! Will Intent Translate into Action for PwDs

FARRUKH KHAN The current momentum under the Swachh Bharat Mission to make the state of Uttar Pradesh Open Defecation Free is commendable but needs to pay a little more attention to ensure that toilets are accessible to its 4.1 million citizens with disability. In the heart of Uttar Pradesh’s state capital, Lucknow is the iconic... Read more

Taxing bathtubs, reviving rivers and saving turtles: Impressions from the State level Jal Chaupal in Uttar Pradesh

AVINASH KUMAR Do you know, if you see turtles hanging around a river, it’s a sure sign that the river is living? Do you know that rivers retain their surface levels drawing from the groundwater? ‘Can we ask the government to levy a small tax on the sale of bathtubs in this country? If nothing,... Read more

Within the sanitation agenda – a call for thoughtful integration of handwashing

 ARUNDATI MURALIDHARAN The Swachh Bharat Mission has provided unparalleled impetus to toilet construction in India, promising improved health outcomes as a result. Safe toilets undeniably play a vital role in promoting health – they effectively separate faeces from human contact, cutting down one major route of disease transmission. But are toilets alone the solution? Consider... Read more

Menstruation taboos: Reaching out only to adolescent girls is not enough

Shamed for a period stain, a young girl ends her life. It makes us rethink –is addressing menstruation related taboos by reaching out only to adolescent girls enough? A young girl ending her life because she was shamed in school for period stain on her uniform is unacceptable. A teacher humiliating a female student for... Read more