Where India Goes: Abandoned Toilets, Stunted Development and the Costs of Caste

Where India Goes: Abandoned Toilets, Stunted Development and the Costs of Caste (Paperback)

By Diane Coffey , Dean Spears 
Publisher: harpercollins publishers india pvt. ltd.
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
EAN: 9789352645657
No. of Pages: 288
Publish Date: 2017-07-25
Binding: Paperback
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More than half the people who defecate in the open live in India.

Around the world, people live longer, better lives than in centuries past, in part because of the rapid adoption of latrines and toilets that keep faecal germs away from growing children. India is an exception. Compared to the rest of the world, latrine and toilet adoption in India has been very slow and open defecation remains far too common. This is one reason why infants in India are more likely to die than in neighbouring poorer countries like Bangladesh and Nepal, and are more likely to be stunted than children in sub-Saharan Africa.

Where India Goes demonstrates that open defecation in India is not the result of poverty but a direct consequence of the caste system, untouchability and ritual purity. Coffey and Spears tell an unsanitized story of an unsanitary subject, with characters spanning the worlds of rural development policy: from mothers and babies living in villages to local government implementers, senior government policymakers and international development professionals. They write of increased funding and ever more unused latrines.

This important and timely book calls again for the annihilation of caste and for a fundamental shift in policy perspectives to effect a crucial, much overdue change.

About The Author

Diane Coffey and Dean Spears are visiting researchers at the Economics and Planning Unit of the Indian Statistical Institute in Delhi, assistant professors at the University of Texas at Austin and executive directors of r.i.c.e., a research institute for compassionate economics, online at www.riceinstitute.org.

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Title: Where India Goes: Abandoned Toilets, Stunted Development and the Costs of Caste
Publisher: harpercollins publishers india pvt. ltd.
Author: Diane Coffey , Dean Spears
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
EAN: 9789352645657
No. of Pages: 288
Publish Date: 2017-07-25
Binding: Paperback

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