INDIA: Sanitation: ‘Toilet trouble’ for Narendra Modi and Bill Gates – BBC News. Delhi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the "Howdy, Modi!" rally in Houston, Texas, on September 22, 2019.Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi’s high-profile visit to the US includes an evening in New York. But the celebrity event has turned controversial.

It all began with a tweet.

A federal minister announced on 2 September that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation would recognise Mr Modi for his government’s efforts to end open defecation. The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, as it is known, or Clean India Mission, seeks to improve sanitation across the country by building tens of millions of toilets for the poor.


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  • Calypsobetty  On September 25, 2019 at 11:45 am

    Sanitation absolutely disgusting in India for a rich country! We used bushes when we were out there because the public toilets stank a d were riddled with maggots and flies. Need I say more!

    • Zenith  On September 25, 2019 at 1:39 pm

      Dutty people who would want to eat from them!!!!

  • Veda Nath Mohabir  On September 26, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    The BRITISH Broadcating Corp, as one of the anti-Modi forces sat on a Sep 2 tweet until Mr Modi was having a huge welcome and reception in the USA to defame him about toilet troubles in India. Such are the unrelenting forces at work to deride India and the ‘pagan’ Hindu Indians. (The said BBC tells us that two actors chose not to attend Mr Modi’s reception. What the BBC didn’t let on was these two are unknown/lightweights and they are Muslims, ergo not supportive of India or Mr Modi’s vision of an India in ascendancy once again).

    Take a look at the history of toilets. For the sake of space and not to tire the reader I will deal only with India. The reader can look at the history around the world from these and other links.

    Indus Valley Civilization
    On toilets, Scientific American, Oct 15/08 begins with the Indus Valley Civilization (now mostly in breakaway Pak) “The ancient inhabitants of the mighty Indus Valley, in present-day Pakistan, had privies above channels of running water,…”

    In this other link, India is still in the top three, 2500 BCE: “Around 4500 years ago, communities in Scotland, the Indus Valley (present day Pakistan), and Mesopotamia used pipes to carry waste from inside of buildings to outdoors.”

    So, India was a leader in sophisticated water/hydraulic closets. Clearly, changes took place, the collapse of this leading early world civilization due to natural forces such as drying up of a significant river (Saraswati) system which fed the huge, hundreds of sprawling urban centres of the “mighty” Indus Valley Civilization. The people had to relocate, many to West Asia such as Mesopotamia and even as far as Greece; and others along the Ganges plains.

    Then came a stream of rabid invaders, the latest in the last 1,000 years being the Islamic (800 years uncivilized rule) the Portuguese (more localized around Goa and South India) and soon after the British (200 years rapacity). These invaders destroyed all semblance of the prior glowing civilization and left India, pauperized and struggling to survive.

    The British, for example, were accustomed using twigs, leaves, etc to wipe their bottoms and would have a bath once a year, so they built nothing like a water-based sanitation systems in India which Scientific American, et al, tell us was available in every home with a sophisticated water sewer system in the Indus Valley civilization at least 4,500 years ago. It is said that English/European monarchs, even during receptions of lords and ladies, would go behind the curtain to defecate and the use said curtains to wipe their bottoms.

    Hence, when the British left in 1947 with Indians struggling just to survive, costly sanitation systems were least on their individual minds.

    Even after independence, the secularist Congress party of Nehru and his dynasty, all the way to Italian-born Sonia Gandhi (not related to the Mahatma), who despise Hindus, for 60 years did nothing to improve the hygiene/sanitation problem. When I was there in 2009 I commented on it. Gandhi (who made it his and close followers’ duty to clean toilets) tried to improve the situation but he died untimely.

    Now the one man who has made it his mission to bring back pride to India, including a toilet in each home as it was 4,500 years ago, is derided by the secularists and their cohorts and allies such as the BBC abroad. That man is Sri Narendra Modi.


  • Trevor  On September 28, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    The admins should breathe a sigh of relief that I agree on Mr. Veda’s comment for the first time!

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