Standing up for the Ganga – Adventure for a purpose

For most of my life, I harbored a deep suspicion of non-profits or ‘chanda collectors’- especially the kinds who used to knock on our door with a book of receipts... Read more

How “educated people” behave

So I walked into the washroom at work, that day. Radhamma, a middle-aged housekeeping staff, looked tensed and ready to breakdown. She kept mumbling something under her breath, I could not... Read more

‘In the case Of dry toilets, 95% manual scavengers are women’: A revealing interview

Ashif Shaikh was selected for the Ashoka Fellowship in 2016. But such recognition was not always the case in his life. Born into a Dalit Muslim family, Shaikh faced discrimination... Read more

When I paddled to meet Kanpur’s toilet ladies!

It’s 5 AM, freezing cold and foggy outside and we don’t need to launch our paddle board till 8 AM. I am however awake to carry out my daily ablutions.... Read more

How domestic workers are denied access to toilets they clean

Meena*, a part-time domestic worker in South Delhi, begins working at 7 am every day. Well into her 50s, she is employed by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation to sweep... Read more

Despite being perfectly healthy, I’m forced to wear adult diapers to work

For the last 29 years, answering nature’s call has been one of my biggest struggles – because finding an “accessible toilet” in our country is like finding a needle in... Read more

Open defecation in India: forcing people to stop is not the solution

Ever since the re-branding and re-launch of the Indian government’s flagship sanitation campaign, the Swachh Bharat Mission, the country’s sanitation sector has been galvanised to debate and take action with... Read more

Swachh Bharat by 2019? Progress projections and the challenges of latrine use

The Swachhta Status Report 2016 developed by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) was released this month by the Government of India. Based on an extensive survey conducted in mid-2015,... Read more

To be or not to be a toilet: Moving away from a one size fits all approach to sanitation

In the lush green environs of Itekhedi village in Madhya Pradesh, most homes have inbuilt toilets. The Sarpanch informs that save for 20—30 out of a 100 families, everyone has... Read more

Rapid Action Learning Units — Real Time learning and adaptation for Swachh Bharat Mission

On a recent visit to a village in central India, we felt as if we had travelled back in time to the days of the Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC), when... Read more