Vil­lage San­i­ta­tion

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di­vorce be­tween in­tel­li­gence and labour has re­sulted in crim­i­nal neg­li­gence of the vil­lages. And so, in­stead of hav­ing grace­ful ham­lets dot­ting the land, we have dungheaps. The ap­proach to many vil­lages is not a re­fresh­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. of­ten one would like to shut one’s eyes and stuff one’s nose; such is the sur­round­ing dirt and of­fend­ing smell. If the ma­jor­ity of con­gress­men were de­rived from our vil­lages, as they should be, they should be able to make our vil­lages mod­els of clean­li­ness in every sense of the word. But they have never con­sid­ered it their duty to iden­tify them­selves with the vil­lagers in their daily lives. A sense of na­tional or so­cial san­i­ta­tion is not a virtue among us. We may take a kind of a bath, but we do not mind dirty­ing the well or the tank or the river by whose side or in which we per­form ablu­tions. – From con­struc­tive Pro­gramme: its mean­ing and Place by Ma­hatma Gandhi (1941)

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