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Sudipta Mohanty, Researcher - Urban Governance

Swachh Bharat Mission: An exploration of vulnerability

The Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), India’s sanitation programme states that it aims to reduce health and sanitation vulnerabilities among the poor through access to toilets. However, we find that far from minimising vulnerabilities, the scheme seems to exploit their vulnerabilities to gain publicity and political support.

Deconstructing ‘construction-oriented’: looking at the household latrines component of the Swachh Bharat Mission Urban in Ranchi

From the lack of attention to sewage connections or treatment plants to the poor quality of toilets and zero attempt to convert insanitary toilets, we find that the Swachh Bharat Mission’s attention on construction of toilets leaves much to desire for making sanitation available to all.

Is India genuinely keeping abreast with the worldwide movement against plastic?

Over the years, there is a growing awareness of the multiple problems caused by plastic pollution. It is unfortunate that the very factors of durability and resistance to degeneration that make plastics so useful are the very reasons why the management of its waste is so difficult. 

Put a dot on it! How a public campaign changed the way sanitary waste is disposed

Imagine opening one of your drawers on a typical office day and discovering to your horror a used sanitary napkin lying there. This is a scene in a promotional video created for a better sanitary waste management system in Pune. Its message is clear: it would be unpleasant for you to discover a blood-soaked sanitary pad in your workplace so why force waste pickers to undergo this?

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