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Yeuch !
Just reading a bit of that article makes me think that I'll never visit India, yak!
No surprise - a particular scene from the movie 'Slumdog Millionaire' springs to mind.
Kevin McLeod of Grand Designs fame visited India, this was around 2010, can't remember the purpose of the visit, i watched some of the programme the thing that struck me was how many times he used the word s&it,
over and over, he was in an area that seemed to be one big cesspool, with people living more or less besides it, he said of the place it was a s&ithole, and he wasn't wrong.
The question that springs to my mind is, if they have never had toilet training do those that are settled here just use their back garden & if so do we expect them to be retrained so that the environment here does not worsen rapidly ?
i don't think that applies, its not that toilets don't exist in India, but that the infrastructure for sanitation is lacking.
Yeah, but as long as they can send a rocket to the moon none of that sh1t matters.
of course there is that ^^
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whiskeryron some have indeed needed training as they have never used a toilet
Teaching an adult to use a toilet is hardly going to take much training.
its more likely that many are living in bad conditions, so the priority isn't teaching the population how to go, to install proper sewage systems, toilet, sanitation
This is how we used to live in this country until about 150 years ago, albeit with a smaller pipulation density. It was only in the later half of the nineteenth century that we became affluent enough to build public waterworks and sewerage systems, and that came out of taxation.

As India becomes affluent itself, we should see improvements in public health. That is assuming the rich pay their share of taxes, which apparently at the moment they do not.

And we shouldn't think of the Indians as filthy and that we are superior. There are plenty of beaches in the UK that still fail health checks because they are full of raw sewerage.

From yesterdays Daily Mail...

// Beaches at some of Britain's best-loved resorts could be closed for bathing from next year because of high levels of sewage contamination.

Water quality at popular stretches of coast including Blackpool, Scarborough and Clacton has failed to meet minimum standards.

This summer offers the final chance for the offending beaches to meet minimum water standards before the EU rules require local councils to put up warning signs next year.

But as contamination is based on the average over four years, any beaches ruled unsafe could face a long wait before they are reopened. //

Though there is a difference between paddling in dirty water, and washing and cooking with it.
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The number of blue flags denoting a safe beach is down a third on last year.

55 beaches were given the award last year by Keep Britain Tidy, down from 79 the previous year. The difference is attributed to stricter criteria for water quality, and cuts to the Environment agency.

Dr Filth,
I notice from your link that Scarborough has a blue flag beach, and from my link, a beach that faces closure.
Going back a bit - when Ghandi was asked what he thought of Western civilisation,he said he thought 'it would be a good idea'.
Nothing to boast about for sure, Gromit, but hardly "full".

As time goes on we understand the ineffectiveness of our governments and authorities more and more. No longer revered as the best around, not for many a year, we now wonder why the system doesn't work better. Maybe the system can't be balanced properly, maybe whatever one does something gets neglected ? Nevertheless it seems to me that priorities are always wrong. Basic service provision gets cut whilst money is spent so we endure more intrusion on our lives (and pay for it) where interference is not desired.
//This is how we used to live in this country until about 150 years ago, albeit with a smaller population density//

But isn't that the problem Gromit; the population of India (17% of the world) and a world much bigger than 150 years ago.
Who would've thought there would be something called ...

... the World Toilet Organisation !!
don't they have a Brighton branch?

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