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A Delhi homeguard conducts a thermal screening of passengers at a bus stop during the Covid-19 lockdown

Ministers’ panel wants Modi govt to set up ‘hygiene dept’ in all organisations, workplaces 

The department could be an extension of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in which the focus will be to cover personal and social hygiene.

Modi govt’s national integration initiative has a new task — promote PM’s pet projects

Govt now wants to promote 20 of its flagship schemes with a multimedia publicity blitzkrieg though the Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat programme. 
Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur addressing the media in Bhopal

Pragya Thakur will wield broom to promote cleanliness — her ‘punishment’ for toilet remark

BJP leadership has reprimanded Pragya Singh Thakur for her ‘not elected to clean toilets’ remark, asked her to take part in cleanliness drives.
Manual Scavenging

Between Swachh Bharat & deaths – where is the sanitation policy for manual scavengers?

Deaths of sanitation workers are being reported even from new and high-end treatment infrastructures -- whether government-owned or hotels and malls.
PM Modi in Kumbh Mela

By washing feet, PM Narendra Modi was honouring himself not safai karamcharis

Modi said the workers were leading the Swachh Bharat movement and yet celebrities and politicians continue to be the face of the mission.
Mahatma Gandhi

Being Gandhian: How Narendra Modi’s career has been a series of odes to the Mahatma

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has borrowed excessively from Mahatma Gandhi's legacy, if just to corner the Congress.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an event organised by Dawoodi Bohras | @BJP4India/Twitter

In optics play, Narendra Modi addresses his second Muslim gathering since 2014

Narendra Modi addresses a gathering of Dawoodi Bohras in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh, highlights govt's clean image and welfare measures. 
Narendra Modi at a Swachh Bharat campaign | SBMGramin/Facebook

PM Modi writes to media houses to participate in ‘clean India movement’

In letter to ThePrint, Modi asks Swachhata be placed ‘at the top of national consciousness’, which will help nation move along path to a clean India.
A toilet under construction in rural Bihar | @swachhbharat/Twitter

Bangladesh and Tanzania have a lesson or two for India on open defecation

Like Bangladesh and Tanzania, India can adopt strategies that generate shame and disgust to trigger collective action.
Toilet bowls at a factory in Bahadurgarh, Haryana.

World’s biggest nationwide toilet building campaign is creating new markets in India

The campaign to promote latrines has resulted in a market for toilet-related products and services predicted to double to $62 billion by 2021.

On Camera

Pakistan PM Imran Khan with Narendra Modi

Few things tie Modi’s India and Imran’s Pakistan like their love-hate for foreign invasion

Be it Hindutva ideologues condemning the wicked foreign invader or Imran Khan hailing Turkish imperial rule, both want to reinforce that going forward means going backward.

Harsh Vardhan questions Delhi govt: Is Arvind Kejriwal failing in handling Covid-19 crisis?

Union health minister Harsh Vardhan Thursday raised concerns about rising Covid cases and low testing levels in Delhi.


Indian and Chinese soldiers during a military exercise in Meghalaya last year | Representational image | ANI

‘April status quo’ discussed as India, China generals hold 7-hour meeting over Ladakh

The formal meeting between the top military officers of India and China started around 11.30 am and is believed to have lasted until the evening.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Why Modi doesn’t feature in a list of India’s reformist prime ministers

Despite big ideas, Modi comes off poorly as a reformer, because his bureaucrats lack the motivation to push reforms and are beginning to enjoy unbridled power.