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?

Down to Earth - - LETTERS -

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.


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