Do you think India will ever become a clean nation given that poor sanitation cost it 5.2 per cent of its GDP in 2015?
It is an extremely shameful fact for all of us. I have been in Myanmar for over a year-and-a-half and it is humiliating when people returning from India talk about the utter lack of toilets in public places, such as roadside eateries, temples and shopping areas. Myanmar, on the other hand, is highly advanced in this matter. It is clean except for mismanaged plastic waste. Every shop, including roadside eateries, has a toilet.
Okay, we may have lost 5.2 per cent of our GDP due to poor sanitation in 2015. But what about the previous 60 years? Who is responsible for the mess at that time?
I don't think India can ever be a clean nation. This latest development only adds to the despair.
As long as arrogant and short-sighted politicians rule India, cleanliness here will remain a mirage.