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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi claims 100% success in eradication of open defecation under Sawach Bharat (Clean India) campaign. Against a target of about six million toilets in rural areas, he claims construction of about nine million in one year. The irony is, rural people in the country are worshiping these newly constructed toilets instead of using them.

It’s less about humor or ridiculing poor people, for whom, a toilet is a big privilege, perhaps, the only privilege. However, there is something symbolic about inaugural toilet-worship ceremony. Such inaugural events are common as people believe a ritual ceremony will ensure good beginning and bright future ahead whenever something new is bought or built or a job is undertaken, such as a new car, a new home, new office building, shops, agricultural machines etc.

One of such auspicious moments was captured on camera somewhere in India, which explains just why building millions of toilets in India can not eliminate practice of open defecation.

At one of such homes in poverty stricken rural India, residents inaugurated a newly built toilet by performing proper pooja (worship or ritual performance). The toilet seat and floor of toilet was covered with flowers, while coconut and bananas were offered to the God of toilets (if something like that exists).

A plate was placed at ground, in front of the toilet filled with a cup of sindoor (vermilion), an essential part of most of Indian religious ceremonies, and a glass full of milk as another offering. The toilet, that is nothing more than a latrine-seat, covered with discarded empty rice and wheat sacks, is decorated with garlands and mango leaves. A green ribbon waited arrival of a lucky one who was scheduled to inaugurate the toilet.

Most likely, this toilet, like millions of others which were built during the period of last 12 months, might not be used. It’s a reality and a huge obstacle for Clean India Campaign that despite availability of toilets, people, especially males, prefer to defecate in open. West mocks at India’s obsession for worshiping cows, stones and pervert self-claimed godmen, such as Assaram Bapu, who serves a prison term for rape of a minor girl studying in one of his schools. So, toilet worship shouldn’t be a surprise in rural regions where people have never seen one.

In rural India a facility like a toilet is an alien privilege. People in rural India still believe it’s an unhygienic and unholy practice to have a toilet within house premises, many others don’t know how to use and why to use toilets.

 

In January 2015, Indian government accepted that monitoring toilet use is also essential. According to a report on BBC:

Studies in the past have suggested that many people in rural India, despite having working toilets at home, continue to go out into the open believing it is more sanitary to defecate far from home.Hundreds of millions of people defecating outside leads to large numbers of hygiene-related diseases and premature deaths. Reports say some of the new toilets are being used as storerooms by people who consider toilets at home unhygienic. Campaigners say that building toilets is not enough and that motivating people to use them is equally important.

However, in August 2015, another report on Washington Post threw light on progress of the government in educating people about toilet use. It claimed that Indian government’s sanitation drives failed to sway those who believe going outdoors is more wholesome.

According to Santosh Kumar Singh, who is looking after the sanitation driver in Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state of India with highest rate of open defecation,

We are not facing any problem in the case of construction, but the major issue of toilet usage is our challenge, and regarding this we are helpless.

A web of other cast and culture-based issues are also responsible for such attitude of people.

Sangita Vyas, from RICE, throws light on referring to India’s rigid caste system which prescribes that dealing with human waste is the responsibility only of those at the very bottom of the social hierarchy. She further adds,

Emptying a pit in any other developing country… doesn’t carry a social stigma in the same way as it does in India. Anybody who is of a higher caste would find it unthinkable do it themselves, and at the same time… people from lower castes are trying to avoid doing this type of work because it’s associated with their past and oppression.

 

Anil Prajapati, chairman of the Gujarat Sanitation Development Organisation,also agrees that cultural and social beliefs, superstition is some cases, are creating obstacle in sanitation drive, and said,

We’ve made public toilets but people still don’t use them,” said Anil Prajapati, chairman of the Gujarat Sanitation Development Organisation. Some of these people fear that there are witches inside or that their children will be kidnapped.These people have come from small villages, and so they are not used to the practice.

The government definitely needs to carry out aggressive awareness campaigns to convince them to use toilets and give up practice of unhygienic open defecation that is responsible for death of 600,000 people annually. About 620 million people defecate in open in the country. A survey conducted by the Research Institute for Compassionate Economics Sanitation Quality, Use, Access and Trends shows that out of interviewed 22,000 people in five Indian states, 40 percent of households with a working latrine have at least one member who still defecate in the open.

Another study by the BMC Public Health states,

“Strongly ingrained beliefs around impurity and pollution and the required rituals for purification and cleansing post-defecation in Indian society may play a big part in the choice to continue defecating in the open”.

Government claims of 100 percent success in building separate toilets for boys and girls in every school in India seem false. The government is only focusing on haphazard construction of toilets, and ignoring the need for educating or training people to use these toilets.

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  • John J. Barrister

    In polytheistic systems, yes there are shit and shitter gods, e.g., the Shinto kawaya kami or the Roman Sterculius

  • indian

    madan!! apt name sir!! it seems like you’re indian! if you are, why are you acting like you’re not?? you very well know that we worship everything that is new before we use it: be it car, house, laptop, etc..

    why are you pretending to get views? you’d just shit on your country for your own benefit??

  • Tylenol Jones

    poo in loo

  • Ricotta

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  • lvlaverick

    The author of this article is a hack. Writing anything as news before researching it are classic signs of a hack.

  • jerkstore

    so literally holy shit?

  • brickbrawnwrinkal

    lol bullshit articular , that’s a “traditional” opening ceremony idiot author , you can even see the fucking ribbon

  • Tray-Tray Deadmonkey

    Indians are so savage they need to be potty trained.

  • freedom-from-religion

    Dude, are you insane or something? These are poor destitute people whose biggest achievement in life could be to have their own toilet. This is a standard Hindu ceremony for inaugurating a building, period. What kind of a human being mocks people for their poverty?

  • Harbinger O Deth

    Shit in it, you stupid fucks!

  • cucklord moot’s sex slave

    DESIGNATED

  • Fugindia

    Spotted the street shitter

  • Richard Dickson

    They probably WILL use it, seems like they’re just having a sort of opening ceremony… This must be a big moment in the lives of those who are too poor to have previously afforded plumbing!

  • happy_tech2

    spotted the ignorant racist.

  • happy_tech2

    Warning, Long post incoming.

    You flame baiting, self hating retard! Have you gone so low to get views that you are blatantly lying about whatever progress our country is making?

    Let me dissect your article point by point.

    “Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi claims 100% success in eradication of open defecation under Sawach Bharat (Clean India) campaign.”

    Give me a source where he says that there is 100% success, as in cleaning is done 100% and 100% toilets are built.

    I’ll give you the source on the contrary that he said, the toilets are made, and they should be used, he also said that peoples should not make joke of swatch bharat if they don’t want to join it. Some people are cleaning the streets and some others are spoiling it, these are the very people who say “oh god india is so dirty.” well then why don’t you try to fix it? Then there are people like you who will create nonsense articles.
    You should read this one.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-2pDiEqN_s

    http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/dont-make-swachh-bharat-a-joke-pm-modi-at-safaigiri-summit/1/489195.html

    Watch the video, and if you know a bit of hindi then you’ll understand what he is trying to say.

    We are shifting away from open defacation. Check the UN reports if you’re literate.

    ” Against a target of about six million toilets in rural areas, he claims construction of about nine million in one year. The irony is, rural people in the country are worshiping these newly constructed toilets instead of using them.”

    How is that an irony? We Indians worship everything new, it’s a opening ceremony. Cars, home, cellphones, almost anything. Since you don’t know about indian culture, maybe you should also google about why people do pooja for cars, and homes. It’s a way of welcoming it, but you’re so deep into your agenda that you are not going to talk about it.

    “One of such auspicious moments was captured on camera somewhere in India, which explains just why building millions of toilets in India can not eliminate practice of open defecation.”

    Yea? First line i’ve already discussed previously, it’s a ritual. Second. If building millions of toilets don’t eliminate practice of defecation, then how did the open defacation decrease from by 32%?

    http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/india-reduces-open-defecation-by-31-per-cent-un-report/

    “Most likely, this toilet, like millions of others which were built during the period of last 12 months, will not be used.”

    Really? Give me one proof that these aren’t going to used. If the person has some sense that he is going to build a toilet don’t you think they will have the sense to use it? How stupid are you?

    “West mocks at India’s obsession for worshiping cows, stones and pervert self-claimed godmen, such as Assaram Bapu, who serves a prison term for rape of a minor girl studying in one of his schools.”

    And our Indian media, and Indian expats are the biggest reason the west mocks us. You should be the forefront of spreading the positive and proper message before others start spreading lies. West is ignorant about the worshipping of everything, but you as a media source should have made it clear that it is just a opening ceremony.

    “People in rural India still believe it’s an unhygienic and unholy practice to have a toilet within house premises, many others don’t know how to use and why to use toilets. ”

    I’d like to know your sources on this one, and no “I talked to a guy who believe it.” isn’t a source.

    “The government definitely needs to carry out aggressive awareness campaigns to convince them to use toilets and give up practice of unhygienic open defecation that is responsible for death of 600,000 people annually.”

    If you had some time out of your blatant hatred for the country, and actually watched the prime ministers speech you’d understand that he does talk about it, he does agressive campaings. Do you expect him to pull a magic wand and turn the country open defacation free in a day? Are you stupid?

    Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, started their journey for cleaning up the country in 1960s, and after several years the got clean country. And they are relatively very small. India is a huge country, both by land mass and by population, and yet we made remarkable progress. How dumb does anyone have to be to understand this simple fact?

    ” Research Institute for Compassionate Economics Sanitation Quality, Use, Access and Trends shows that out of interviewed 22,000 people in five Indian states, 40 percent of households with a working latrine have at least one member who still defecate in the open. ”

    Your link does not work. it redirects me to http://riceinstitute.org/

    Learn how to link stuff.

    Even if it was true, that means that most people have starte using the toilets, do you not see the positive side? Most likely 5 out of 6 people would have started to use the toilet, the one guy who still shits outside is stupid, and he will eventually come under pressure from the other 5 people and will start going into the toilet.

    “Strongly ingrained beliefs around impurity and pollution and the required rituals for purification and cleansing post-defecation in Indian society may play a big part in the choice to continue defecating in the open”

    “The government is only focusing on haphazard construction of toilets, and ignoring the need for educating or training people to use these toilets.”

    So whose job is it to tell people about basic hygine? The government is running ads, it’s running TV, Radio, newspaper campaigns aren’t the citizen responsible at all?

    And there are no “rituals” post defacation. Literally hundreds of millions of people in India do it everyday and they don’t need rituals but suddenly those other people do? How absurd.

    To my fellow Indians, there will be many attacks on India and it’s people, this is obvious, we are progressing, and many people can’t handle it. This happened to PM Modi when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat, everyone said he wasn’t doing anything, but then they started to copy him, bringing investment, making progress.

    To others who are from outside the country, please read both the sides of a story, have some critical thinking, saying stuff like “poo in loo” or “shit in it you retards” will do nothing good, and it only shows hatred, there is no point in it. I know it’s not your fault because the fault lies with the journalists like Mr. Madan who will write literal shit to get just a few clicks.

    Just know that the people like these, the “journalists” have nothing nice to say and want to steer up conversation.

    Mr Madan you should be ashamed of yourself, as an India, you’re literally shitting on any progress the government has made.

    Learn how to link, learn how to write an article, learn to cite source. Unlike you, I’ve cited my sources.

    You’re the kind of person who spreads negativity and if someone is doing good you’ll be the first person to hold them down. Have some shame. May god bless you.

  • StarBorne

    A pooja isn’t an act of worship; it’s more like a celebratory prayer ritual. Apparently, a pooja is performed whenever something worthwhile comes to a family or person, be a new house, a new vehicle, anything like that.

  • Melvin Mendoza, Jr.

    Get out Kumar

  • The Proletariat Barista

    Be careful man, someday you might call Amazon customer service and be stuck on the phone with this fool for like 40 minutes.

  • I’m not laughing because they are worshipping toilets. I’ve been
    relieved to see a toilet enough to know how much of a plesure and joy it
    is to make it and finally sit down and do my business. Even today,
    people call using (and vomiting in) toilets “worshipping the porcelain
    god”. Their religion is polytheistic, so I am sure there’s some sort of
    toilet god in their pantheon.

    No, I am laughing because they are too stupid to use them. I am laughing because they WANT to crap in the streets. If they’re going to worship the toilet as a god, shouldn’t they
    gratify said god by allowing it to fulfill its purpose? In other words, wouldn’t a toilet god WANT to be crapped into? I mean, isn’t that an offering after the initial “welcoming ceremony” with the ribbons and the flowers? They are ignorant. just like topless women in Africa or Bacha Bazi in Afghanistan: harmless ignorance for the former two, in need of extermination for the latter.

    If their religion forbids using toilets inside one’s house, then there can easily be an outhouse nearby. I mean, my ancestors used outhouses liberally and they didn’t get electrified until the late 1950s AD. Let’s just give them outhouses instead of affixed bathrooms and maybe they’ll stop wanting to crap in the streets like idiots.

  • Spotted the man who hates fun.

  • It also says that they are stupid enough to WANT to crap in the streets.

    I totally think they are in the right to worship the new toilet, or at least give thanks in ceremony. A toilet is a blessing I’d never want to live without. What I object to is them being too stupid to use it.

  • It also says that they are stupid enough to WANT to crap in the streets.

    Personally, I totally think they are in the right to worship the new toilet, or at
    least give thanks in ceremony. A toilet is a blessing I’d never want to
    live without. What I object to is them being too stupid to use it and WANTING to go in the streets.

  • Take the pooja to the looja!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_peUxE_BKcU

  • Tray-Tray Deadmonkey
  • Tray-Tray Deadmonkey

    http://www.chinasmack.com/2010/pictures/filthy-india-photos-chinese-netizen-reactions.html

    So this country has this huge river where they toss corpses in and then “bathe” and shit in.

    India is going to create Papa Nurgle.

  • Tray-Tray Deadmonkey

    http://www.chinasmack.com/2010/pictures/filthy-india-photos-chinese-netizen-reactions.html

    no, they will literally never use this toilet. People do not understand the depths of their disease-loving madness. I never even imagined the shit I saw on what I linked above. Just half-way through the pictures it gets psychotic and only gets worse.

  • Tray-Tray Deadmonkey

    http://www.chinasmack.com/2010/pictures/filthy-india-photos-chinese-netizen-reactions.html

    They dump corpses in this river and then bathe in it while rotting corpses roll by, brush their teeth with said water, and let rabid dogs eat human bodies on the beach with them.

    Oh right, but it’s “dey cultuh” and therefore we have to respect or tolerate it.

  • Tray-Tray Deadmonkey

    http://www.chinasmack.com/2010/pictures/filthy-india-photos-chinese-netizen-reactions.html

    Here’s some images of India. These people are beyond redemption. This is a literal “culture” of animals. They aren’t even human at this point.

  • Tray-Tray Deadmonkey
  • Tray-Tray Deadmonkey

    http://www.chinasmack.com/2010/pictures/filthy-india-photos-chinese-netizen-reactions.html

    Justify anything shown on this website.

    Justify it.

    This is beyond fixing. The only solution for this is a literal purge by fire. This is something that needs to be napalmed until every “human” there is dead, and maybe after a few hundred years of ash and fire, all of the disease will be exercised and the land can be reused.

    We consider certain animals a pest, or disease spreading and thus should be exterminated – but then we allow a billion “people” to exist in this and spread their ancient diseases around the world. No, this needs to stop and these things need to die.

  • freedom-from-religion

    And this one is for you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwOBRH56Ic0

    enjoy 🙂

    Oh, and this too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEyovVK8LZM

    You can share that with your fellow 50-cent mates as well.

  • happy_tech2

    u mad?

  • happy_tech2

    build wall pedro.

  • happy_tech2

    >nignog knowing anything about fixing things.

  • happy_tech2

    lol. inb4 i trole u xDDD

  • Tray-Tray Deadmonkey

    so what at least they don’t have 600,000 people die annually from literal fecal related problems. Disgusting animals.

  • NetscapePizza

    India is literally “POO POO PEE PEE” the country

  • freedom-from-religion

    Still better than China’s “cancer villages” in my book 🙂 http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jun/04/china-villages-cancer-deaths

  • Tray-Tray Deadmonkey

    you really love poop, don;t you?

  • freedom-from-religion

    Of course I love you 🙂

  • Shady K.

    I think you browse /pol/ to much stormfaggot

  • Tray-Tray Deadmonkey

    lmao how relevant to my post

  • Shady K.

    Don’t deny it, Tray-Tray :^)

  • bernardo

    Now you anti-comunist motherfuckers know why the cultural revolution in China by Mao was so harsh on people, the chinese people are no scholars but at least they dont worship SHIT, Mao was right.

  • ararar2

    whatever, if you solve the infrastructure problem the rest is easier, whether it takes 10 or 20 years.

  • ramzi su

    indians are niggers of asia

  • 2.5 million people die in india because of hunger in 1 year

  • Dingus

    Such a beautiful culture <3

    Only hateful bigots would look down on this amazing country :^)

  • David

    DESIGNATED

  • lukebc

    They won’t use it and it’s very simple why they won’t: HABIT.

    It’s not that hard to figure out.

    Someone that has been relieving themselves for decades in a certain way is then told to do it another way. What do you think the chances are they will change a FUNDAMENTAL BEHAVIOR THEY’VE BEEN DOING FOR DECADES?

    Bangladesh figured it out decades ago. Back in the 1980s, the Bangladeshis concentrated on training children to use a toilet from when they are very young. As a result, now here nearly 4 decades later, “open defecation” has been nearly eliminated in Bangladesh cause those Bangla children of the 1980s/90s/etc then passed the habit of using a toilet onto their children and so forth…… meanwhile those Bangladeshis with the “ingrained habit” of open defecation have now passed on (remember the life expectancy in Bangladesh is under 70).

    India should take a lesson from what Bangladesh did.

  • lukebc

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  • lukebc

    They won’t use it and it’s very simple why they won’t: HABIT.

    It’s not that hard to figure out.

    Someone that has been relieving themselves for decades in a certain way is then told to do it another way. What do you think the chances are they will change a FUNDAMENTAL BEHAVIOR THEY’VE BEEN DOING FOR DECADES?

    Bangladesh figured it out decades ago. Back in the 1980s, the Bangladeshis concentrated on training children to use a toilet from when they are very young. As a result, now here nearly 4 decades later, “open defecation” has been nearly eliminated in Bangladesh cause those Bangla children of the 1980s/90s/etc then passed the habit of using a toilet onto their children and so forth…… meanwhile those Bangladeshis with the “ingrained habit” of open defecation have now passed on (remember the life expectancy in Bangladesh is under 70).

    India should take a lesson from what Bangladesh did.

  • Faggory Daggory Doo!

    Superpower by 2030!!

  • Jacob

    If they think that having a loo at home is unhygienic, the authorities should build toilets along public streets.

  • Jacob

    The authorities need to build toilets along public roads if villagers think that having a loo at home is unhygienic.

  • Sayandeep Ghosh

    I am amazed by this article,either author is uneducated about Indian opening ceremony or this is done by purpose.

  • Sayandeep Ghosh

    and you are really frustrated are not you ?

  • bush

    INDIA CONFIRMED SUPERPOWER BY 2030

  • Steve

    India *designated *superpooer by 2030

  • John Golt

    I bet dog is delicious. Muslims don’t like to eat pigs. Hindus don’t like to eat cows and Asians eat dogs. Big effing deal. As long as they don’t eat my dog I don’t mind.

  • John Golt

    You’re supposed to poo in the loo not pray to i! Why don’t you put your poo in a loo? Oh you!

  • John Golt

    I always think back to the Golgathan from Dogma.

  • John Golt

    Get it? Poo! The Poo in the Loo is telling the other Poo in the Loo to stop shitting on his country. OMG someone help me /Pol/ has destroyed me.

  • John Golt

    Probably on purpose. Just roll with it India bro 😀

  • John Golt

    LOL thought it would be some bored autist but the creator is UNICEF India lolol.

  • sundip

    india is cleansst countrey. we poop only in designate poop street.

  • bustav patel

    this artikal wery the rud racist against indian this artikal is rud we not filthy