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Rural Sanitation Situation in India and Way Forward-Alternate Strategies

March 24, 2010


Current scenario of sanitation in India cannot be rated a being very good. Among other important issues of livelihood, health and water, sanitation remained the last priority of the people in general. I wish to share an example in this context, which may reveal upon various aspects related to; research, health-livelihood links, gaps and priority […]

ASHWAS an Example of Unempirical Study in Water and Sanitation Sector in India

December 23, 2009


ASHWAS, link- is among one of the unscientific surveys in water and sanitation sector in India. This study covered 17,200 household across 28 districts of Karnataka state of India, by covering a sample of 100 household from each Gram Panchayat (village government), but, failed in correlating the evidences scientifically and systematically. When one goes […]

Communicating Inclusive Water-Communities generally loose

December 8, 2009


In a Knowledge Community on Children in India (KCCI) series in 2007, as case study was published, titled ‘Scaling Up Wise Water Management in Marginalized Communities in Madhya Pradesh (India): Recommendations for Success’ (Link:, PDF, 1.8 Mb), with the Madhya Pradesh Watershed Management Development Association (Erica Hagen, et al). The important learning of this […]

GM Foods and Food Safety

May 14, 2008


The supporters of GM food believe and claim that the technology can offer cheaper, safer and more nutritious food, while the crops produce higher yields with improved nutritional qualities. Opponents argue that there are still many uncertainties with GM, because there is absence of long-term safety testing and lack of practices in risk assessment and […]

The mystery of the Indian village water

September 17, 2005


Indrani and Sanjay, the female and male supervisors of a local NGO, accompanied me to Chaukidar cluster in Padharapur a in Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh state in India. Here, we met a 13-year-old girl Janglee and a boy, 7-year-old Kamal . Both are physically and mentally disabled, and could not even stand on their […]

Integrated Water Resources Management-Challenges in India

September 14, 2005


India is known for its 1 billion plus and-still-growing population at around 2 percent per annum from the latter part of the 20th century. The heavy investments have been made on water supply, management and conservation issues since 80s, but the resulting environmental and socio-economic benefits have been severely limited. Most of its water sources […]

Monitoring Hygiene Behaviour: The Simpler Ways

August 16, 2005


In India heavy investments have been made in rural water supply since 80s, but the resulting health benefits have been severely limited by the poor progress in sanitation. This research analysis is based upon the case study of a highly acclaimed and successful water and sanitation project in around 857 villages of Indian mountain state […]