Colourful turn

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This refers to the report that for the first time, the Vrindavan widows played Holi with one another using flower petals and colour powder (March 25). With their shackles broken, thanks to Sulabh International, the hapless women have made an effort to enter the mainstream. Bindeshwar Pathak’s efforts to emancipate the widows in government-run shelter… Read more »

Colourful Holi for widows does not mean a change in tradition

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The widows of Vrindavan are better off playing Holi with colours than practising traditional abstinence, true. But how much better off? Does this symbolic breaching of the limits of widowhood lead on to anything more substantive, either for these women or for Indian women in general? The answers can only be contingent. But to the extent the initiative of Sulabh International, a voluntary organisation, provokes… Read more »

White shadows

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Vrindavan, the childhood home of Lord Krishna, is also the abode of his romance with beloved Radha. The city has hundreds of temples and ashrams. The air is filled with chants and mantras. Foreign tourists, in colourful attire, walk through the narrow lanes of the city and greet you with “Radhey Radhey”. But besides the… Read more »

For India’s ‘untouchables,’ a rare moment of inclusion

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In a major break from caste system constraints, some of India's Brahmins welcomed a group of India's lowest ranking members to join a Hindu ritual historically closed to them. Hindus believe a dip in the waters where the Ganges, Yamuna, and mythical Saraswati rivers meet during India’s Kumbh Mela Hindu religious festival cleanses them of their… Read more »

Life lessons from the story of Chandalika

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My quest for knowledge particularly in the field of sanitation brought me to India in 2012 and I landed into the very able laps of Dr Bindeshwar Pathak, the founder of the Sulabh International Foundation. Through interviews and conversations I have much from him about where he came from, the interaction between sanitation and social deprivation… Read more »

Gears towards a soiology of sanitation discipline start to grind

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  Sociologists in the Indian Subcontinent have unanimously agreed to introduce sociology of sanitation as a new sub-discipline at the national and global level. The Sulabh International founder, Dr Bindeshwar Pathak told the Daily News that he felt there was a need for a new sub-discipline of sociologist because of the growing interest the world is having on sanitation… Read more »

Syllabus in perspective

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Academicians recommend that the ‘Sociology of Sanitation’ be included as a sub-subject in schools and colleges to address the complexities of the issue When former manual scavenger Usha Choumar was “liberated” a decade ago, her only mission was to ensure that her little daughter does not get into this “dirty business”. Today she is an… Read more »