No country in the world faces the problems of garbage and waste that India does. With a population density 2.5 times greater than China’s and 30 per cent of people now living in rapidly growing cities, there’s urgency about India’s confrontation with the steady rise of middle-class, throwaway life. That’s why the new Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, used Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday on 2 October 2014, to declare that one of his government’s key programs would be a CLEAN INDIA! campaign. The aims include elimination of open defecation (toilets are unavailable to about half of India’s population) and containment and reuse of all kinds of “waste.”
This talk explores the CLEAN INDIA! program and the magnitude and special qualities of India’s struggle with waste.
>>ROBIN JEFFREY is writing a book, with Assa Doron at ANU, called Cleaning Up India: Garbage, Growth and Government.
Posted: June 27, 2016
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