Source: WHO Report – Progress on sanitation and drinking-water 2010 update
Is there anyone out there who still avers that India has not arrived on the world stage.
Folks, if there were any doubts at all about nookulear India’s preeminence in the world the above pie-chart sets everything to rest.
Truly, the 21st century belongs to India!
Mera Bharat Mahaan
India – A Shitty Country, Literally
Shocking. People dont even have access to proper toilets but some elite people in india think India will be a super power by 2020.
You write: Shocking
But we have two billionaires in the Forbes Top 5 Billionaires and a total of 47 in the latest Forbes Billionaire List.
Mera Bharat Mahaan.
Means that more than 60% of Indians still shit in the open! 🙁
Only Niger(80%) can claim a higher percentage.Ethiopia(60%) comes a close second followed by Nepal(50%).
So Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are also better than us.
If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times: India has no past to speak of, no present to boast of and most certainly the shitty country has no future to think of.
what? its a government initiative to increase soil fertility where everyone has their quota..!
Soil fertility in Mumbai, Chennai and outskirts of Delhi?
Remember in the End, We are all Indians!
Seeing your pessimism, am reminded of Siddharth’s dialogue in Rang De Basanti. – kuch nahin ho sakta is desh ka!
I use to visit my sister who lived in a remote village when I was kid. I was forced to defecate in open due to lack of proper toilet. I still remember telling my sister strictly that iam not visiting her until the toilet is fixed after a group of girls locate and mocked me. It was a different experience though…
Think of those who have to do it day after day, night after night! 🙁
For a suburban train commuter, especially who travel between 7-8AM, this would be an inevitable scene – people irrespective of age difference, using the sides of track as toilet. Men and kids somehow continue even if a train passes by (note:a regular peak hour train carries atleast 1500 commuters) but women stop and pretend as if they came to collect dry sticks to cook. Can’t even imagine a minute to stand in her shit-full shoes. Untold miseries.
Such is the fate of 638 million people every day in Mera Bharat Mahaan.
As we’ve said many times that benighted country has no hope notwithstanding the drivel of Shining India et al.
Another shocking news http://www.ndtv.com/news/cities/5-young-children-sacrificed-by-couple-17940.php
Don’t people adopt in India…there are so many unwanted children/orphans/street children.
Widely NO. Indian minds still not ready to accept a child born to different couple as theirs. Even the couples make up their mind, their father/mother/grand dont give a flying f*** and stop the proceedings citing the reason that family’s reputation/heritage would be spoiled and emphasize that the child which is born only between the guy’s sperm and girl’s ovum will cherish their heritage. Many illiterate parents doesn’t embrace the medical attempts like surrogation, test tube baby or whatever (note that India is the world leader in surrogation and we have flexible law for the same. Source:wikipedia) but trust pooja/mantra/tantra strongly. Way to go.
Why don’t you adopt a brat and set a fine example for the rest of the schmucks? Now before you say we should, we’re too old and in the last innings. Too late for us. Don’t know about you.
I dont have the tendency to backfire questions.
Sure I will. I am in my early 20’s and a gay. We (me and my boyfriend) already decided to adopt one child and another through surrogation – through me or him. All these are in our punch list once we settle ourselves and financially/mentally ready to raise children. May be in our early 30’s. I will surely let you know if you were still around peeing on india and indian movies (purely from your hypothesis).
GayGo forward. 😉
Some 10 years back I came to Chennai after a few years in Delhi. During one of my very long walks up and down Mount Road and many other roads (one of my longest treks out of sheer boredom) I noticed something missing, something so basic as a public urinal. Delhi has some nicely maintained toilets and urinals all over the place and was highly visible and usable.
some 4 years back there was a project to build urinals in chennai. and they built it at few places, just simple men’s urinals three in a row, totalling approx 8 ft by 3 feet including the walls. that made it impossible to even stand inside .. the last time I saw, a beggar was sleeping inside that was just after the completion. now the urinal is totally surrounded by parked vehicles and push cart shops.. and a blackness that will never let me even think of jumpin over the vehicles to use the urinals.
When all govt plans is to stuff their @#%ses with crisp notes.. I would be happy to have bridges and urinals I can use.. to hell with the mongrels .. the bridges are too high to walk over, the subways are too ill lit to use.. the urinals are too small.. Damn I want my tax money back..
Our (Indian) development priorities are all lop-sided.
We focus too much attention on IITs, IIMs et al but neglect primary and vocational schools. As a result, we likely have the world’s largest pool of illiterates. Several hundred million illiterates, many with no concept of a state or nation.
Many decades back, when we used to live in India we met some villagers who had no concept of a state or nation. We were so
surprisedshocked then but we really shouldn’t have been.
We focus too much on super-specialty hospitals for NRIs, foreigners and the Indian elite but neglect government hospitals, the only health-care option for hundreds of millions.
No wonder every Indian leader of some note clamors for Z-class security to protect them. They are not afraid of terrorists from outside but of honest, angry souls from inside.
All I can do is sit afar, close my eyes to this sad plight and remember only good things like
Watched the video in your link.
As they/we used to say in India in the old days, Kapil da jawab nahin.
While we criticize our Government, fellow citizens for this, does anyone care to calculate the cost of creating the infrastructure to create this?
Sulabh has a number of $10 to $1000 dollars. Now lets say 1 loo is shared by 4 people, so we are talking about 150 million loos. Lets say the cost is about $200 (cost of hardware, plumbing, infrastructure, maintenance etc.) you are talking about approx $300 billion dollars. Not to mention the cost of piping water, maintenance etc. Is there a need for this, sure. But unless the common man starts showing charity to organizations for sulabh the conditions will not improve.
You write: But unless the common man starts showing charity to organizations for sulabh the conditions will not improve.
True. But does the government have no role at all?
have you watched http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/8_1_2/60021830
rated among top 10 by both critics and directors.. but I have a feeling that I won’t like it.
No, the only Mastroianni film we watched is Le Notti Bianche (directed not by Federico Fellini but by Luchino Visconti).
Added Fellini’s 8 1/2 to Instant Queue.
We need Anniyan to change all these
Can Anniyan change india? Probably not because our’s is “InCredible India”
Best we can do is watch the movie and dream…..
You write: We need Anniyan to change all these
You are living in ra-ra land. It’s to prevent attacks from the Anniyans that we have Z-Class and ZZ-class security for our netas.
You’ve made an Incredible choice in Felini’s 81/2
I recommend you to watch this awesome movie first…
‘Sulabh international’ had the contract for chennai Central’s toilets and bathrooms.. I used to vist during my travels.. it was neat and clean, had shampoos and soaps, charged a little extra and I happily took a bath there before continuing on my journey (I was not staying at Chennai at the time).
One fine day the contract was changed and all we get is shit, literally. I wouldnt even go there to empty my bowels, and with the stench it produces I wouldn’t even touch the water they have .. forget bathing.
All I’ve seen is if the organization is serious about keeping the standard.. no one dares to lower it, many just want to get to a clean bathroom and are happy to pay extra.
Sulabh has done a good job in the northern sector, but over here in the south it’s still the hooligans rule, pay 2 rs to piss on a wall that’s already crumbling and the floor littered with assorted shit. or get out in the open for some clean air.. no alternatives (experienced in case of the bus journeys)
No worry but we are a nookulear nation and we want a Permanent seat in the U.N. Security Council.
@VJcool: “it was neat and clean, had shampoos and soaps, charged a little extra and I happily took a bath there before continuing on my journey (I was not staying at Chennai at the time).”
Wow…was it that neat that you could take a bath/shower? Personally, I’d never shower nor shit in a public toilet facility, be it USA or India :p.
“but over here in the south it’s still the hooligans rule, pay 2 rs to piss on a wall that’s already crumbling and the floor littered with assorted shit.”
I have always noticed, during all my days in India, that public toilet use was more common in South India than North India. One would always see “Dekho Gadha Pishaab Kar Raha Hai” (Look! The donkey is peeing) or “Yahan Pishaab karna manaa hai” (Urinating is not permitted here) on the walls in Delhi, but I never saw any such things in Tamil Nadu back in the 80’s and 90’s. As a matter of fact, I didn’t really see a whole lot of public toilets in Tamil Nadu in those days. When I was young and visited Madurai often, I had the misfortune of seeing a movie in Thangam cinema in the 1980’s. To say the least, I was peeing in a pool of water mixed with urine. Needless to say, I’ve never been back to that movie hall again.
Here’s another interesting story and should resonate with people who lived in Trichy during the 90’s. I did my undergrad there and there were two bus-stations- the main one in downtown and another one on the northern outskirts (Chatthiram Bus Stand) of the city that was bigger and had buses catering to smaller towns nearby. There was a women’s college (St. Joseph’s?) next to Chattiram bus stand, whose outer walls were stained yellow due to urine and the stench wafted a good distance away. A professor of mine, who lived near this bus-stand, said that if he were ever traveling late night from Chennai via bus, it was the urine smell that woke him up and kept him from missing his stop. The walls stank of urine all throughout my undergrad years there. Around the time I graduated, the authorities at the women’s college decided enough was enough and cleaned up the outside, disinfected it, and employed security (including a big dog…no jokes!) to dissuade passerbys from urinating 😀 .
You Write Above: A professor of mine, who lived near this bus-stand, said that if he were ever traveling late night from Chennai via bus, it was the urine smell that woke him up and kept him from missing his stop.
Fortunately, our memories of Trichy are not as
@StrYngLad7: Wow…was it that neat that you could take a bath/shower? Personally, I’d never shower nor shit in a public toilet facility, be it USA or India :p.
yup.. was just too clean.. things like these want to make us travel more. but things like that don’t stay. do they?. Never been there lately, can’t say if there has been any progress.. I don’t expect it to be too. With the tender system and with people/officials thinking it wont affect them.
(its always someone elses fault or .. well like Naseer’s dialogue in ‘A Wednesday’ should everyone wait till someone in their family is affected?)
I don’t think the officials who build these or take care of maintenance ever think that they may even want to use these ‘Facilities’.
i was at the Collector office , Tirunelveli yesterday.. there was not a single restroom for the visitors. the one that was, was locked (seems its been locked for years). I asked directions for the bathroom and was answered ‘Bathrooms!!, thats what is not here!’.. and another one asked if its for women, cause the men can always use the abandoned walls . i was asked to escort the women to the new buildings and go in without asking for directions and reach the end of the corridor, there I’ll find the bathrooms. I was also asked not to talk out loud as no ones allowed to use the bathrooms inside the office premises.
Anyway i did find row of toilets later, right at the place where i was waiting, something like a biologically cleaning environmentally something… (the nice things the govt say they are doing/ the things that ca really change lives .. but not much money in it) . that facility is fully abandoned and i had been sitting on its wall waiting for my work to be completed. there was space for parking and a tea stall, just by the walls. And that tea stall was the place where i first asked for directions.
Only if people don’t enter govt jobs to enjoy the holidays or to mint money swindling the projects.. hmm thats a big IF.. wishful thinking at its best.. Incredible India as Super power.
Jai Bharat Mata di.
@SI: Hey…what’s with you deleting the story of my experience with the Thangam cinema loo?
You posted the (almost) same comment twice (FYI, the first one ended at Madurai and was incomplete).
Anyway, it’s fixed.
Your Thangam cinema loo experience is now public knowledge. 😉
Did LSD by Dibakar release in the US? Its getting good reviews here.
As far as we know, LSD released here and quickly became popular in the 1960s and 1970s. Our LSD got very good reviews.
No idea about your LSD. Doubt it made it here.
have you last years oscar winning animated movie wall-e?
I’ve been a daily commuter of Chennai’s suburban train for more than 3 years. Travel from Tambaram to Egmore on daily basis. Almost all the stations have a pay&use toilets which was contracted to a shitty company YES International. Except few major stations, all other would be always locked up. I wonder whether they feared that someone might get in and clean the toilet..:0
These schmucks proved nothing good and now contracts of most of the toilets were given to another schmuck Jagadeesan ( http://www.mas.southernrailway.gov.in/commercial/files/toilets.pdf ). Lets see what he does.
K Jagadeesan appears to be the Toilet King of Chennai considering the no of contracts he’s won!
How come toilet facilities in your united states?