India: Cleanliness conquers indignity in modern Kurukshetra war

Kurukshetra (Haryana), Nov 3 (IANS) At the arena of the war in the Indian epic Mahabharata, another age-old evil is about to be conquered. In about 400 of the 417 villages of this district, people have stopped defecating in the open heralding a sanitation revolution in these parts.

Villagers in this district no longer greet each other the old way. They raise clenched fists and shout “Swachh gaon, swasth gaon” (Clean village, healthy village).

For those who failed to get the message when the fight against defecation in the open started in earnest at the beginning of this year, women’s groups in various villages formed their own vigilance committees, armed with torches and sticks. (…)

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