Feature - The "Clean India" Mission
The Swachh Bharat (Clean India) mission was launched in October 2014 by Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi and he has made it one of the key policies of his leadership. The aim was to make India ‘open defecation-free’ by October 2019 in honour of the 150th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. Tens of millions of new toilets have been constructed and education programs have been rolled out across the country.
But the issue of cleanliness has long been a complicated subject in India tied in to the caste system and the idea of untouchability. So how could a nation of over 1 billion people, perhaps half of...