Monday, 8 August, 2022
TopicOpen Defecation Free

Topic: Open Defecation Free

Nudge, threats & help from state scheme — how Telangana villages scored Swachh Bharat top spot

Telangana has highest number of villages declared 'Open Defecation Free Plus', the 'plus' signifying sustained ODF status, solid and liquid waste management, and visual cleanliness.

On World Toilet Day, a look at India’s sanitation data and the ground realities

Every year on 19 November, the UN celebrates World Toilet Day to create awareness about the 4.2 billion people who are living without ‘safely managed sanitation’.

Study finds Indian households with female children reduce practice of open defecation

The study found a reduction in open defecation owing to a firstborn child being a girl far greater in poor urban households than richer ones.

Declaring India ODF doesn’t mean much if there is no cross-verification with big data

In 'The Swachh Bharat Revolution', edited by Parameswaran Iyer, Bibek Debroy highlights the questions that should be asked about India’s ODF status.

Hotels are the winners in Maharashtra and Uddhav Thackeray is the new common man?

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by the editors at ThePrint.

Modi govt’s Swachh Bharat achieved one thing. And it’s not open defecation free India: Survey

A field survey conducted by Centre for Policy Research, University of Texas and UC Berkely tracked changes in open defecation in rural north India in the last five years.

Modi’s favourite Parameswaran Iyer belongs to the cult of super IAS officers like TN Seshan

Former IAS officer Parameswaran Iyer built 11 crore toilets all over India in 60 months. That's how PM Modi could declare rural India open-defecation free.

Pragya Thakur, Akash Vijayvargiya’s NYT read on Mahatma & peaks for Trump’s presidency

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by the editors at ThePrint.

On Camera


A Kia Sonet in India, 2020 | Wikimedia Commons

Pandemic, Toyota, Honda, Volkswagen, naysayers —Kia Motors entered India and beat all

Kia Motors claims to have sold over 5 lakh cars in India in just under 3 years. With new EV6 lined up, will the future be as electric for the Korean company?
Wheat being harvested at a village near Amritsar in Punjab | Representational image | ANI

Willing to ‘feed the world’ by summer, India may have to import wheat come winter

With wheat prices soaring, the government may have to slash import duty and impose stock limits, say traders and analysts.


The Flying Dolphin — how a former Indian Navy submariner qualified as a commercial pilot 

Vivek Chaudhary retired from the Indian Navy in 2017 after serving on the  Short-Service Commission. After that, his dreams took flight. 

In Kashmir 3 years on, 3 positive changes, 3 things that should’ve happened & 3 that got worse

Kashmir as a crisis has fallen off our headlines and from the top of our collective minds. Which is precisely the most important change for the better.