In other India-related news, the toilet mandate of the country’s PM isn’t working very well. According to Bloomberg, few people in India think toilets are sanitary or pleasant. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s biggest challenges in combating the world’s biggest sanitation problem, one that costs India 600,000 lives annually from diarrhea and exposes a third of the nation’s women to the risk of rape or sexual assault.
With no toilets for half the population, Modi promised to build 5.3 million latrines by the end of his first 100 days in office — that’s one a second until Aug. 31, according to the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.
The only trouble is that many Indians do not like to use toilets and think they are unclean, even though about 100,000 tons of their excrement heads to markets every day on fruit and vegetables, according to Unicef, the United Nation’s children’s fund. Each gram of feces in an open field contains 10 million viruses, 1 million bacteria and 1,000 parasite cysts.
The excrement contaminates groundwater, causing illnesses such as diarrhea and cholera, and deters tourists whose immune systems are at the highest risk from the drug-resistant strains of fecal bacteria, according to the World Bank report. In addition, women are at risk when they go alone or i paris to poop in the fields.
There is a risk of assault, a danger that gained international attention in May when two girls from the village of Badaun in Uttar Pradesh were raped and hanged from a mango tree after they went to defecate outdoors. However, here’s what I think. India wanted the British out, so they left.
There is a lot to figure out for this young country, even though there are a lot of internet experts in India -I know this because we are importing them at break neck speed because they work much more cheaply than American programmers.
It is up to India to figure out toilets are a good thing, that indoor plumbing and systemic plumbing is a wonderful technological advancement. Poop in the gutter is so middle ages. It is not up the whitey to save them from themselves.
I am tired of Dinsingeneous White Progressives going off to save people in third world countries or bring them here. It is not “racism” or the “terrible cellular memories of Colonialism” that has lead to a sanitation crisis in India. It is Indians’ problem.
We do not have to “educate” them – they are capable of educating themselves, as long as they stay in India. If they want to be Americans, then they have to actually act like it. When traveling to India, which I recommend, here is what I advise: stay in the very best hotels with modern Western conveniences.
Trip Advisor is also a good resource. Do not skimp or “rough it” when traveling in India. Go with a tour group (I am not recommending the company linked specifically, I just suggest you look into tours like these).