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Cleaning up India: Modi's quest

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.

Cleaning up India: Modi's quest


Posted: June 27, 2016

We are having a hard time keeping on top of everything at the moment, and we need some help with some things to keep the MFU show on the road. 

Are you able to help out with any of these jobs? Do you know someone who might be able to? We’d love to hear from you - please send us an email (melbournefreeuniversity@gmail.com) with some info about yourself and what you can help out with!

  • A front-end web designer to spruce up our new website and make it more accessible and functional. We’ve got designs for most of the pages already that just need to be implemented (although if you’d like to do fresh ones you’re welcome to!) 
  • Someone sound-savvy who can help us with minor editing of audio recordings of our sessions and upload them to the website. You don't need to be in attendance at every session to do this, we already have a trusty old sound recorder, we just need help getting recordings online.
  • A designer or someone with great colour coordination who can develop a style guide and colour palette for our InDesign poster template library.  Ideally we’d like 6-8 new colour schemes developed on the templates.
  • A few people who regularly attend MFU sessions in East Brunswick and come from the CBD to help escort an asylum seeker student who is blind from the CBD on the tram. We have a keen student and great conversationist who can get to either Flinders St or Melbourne Central Station but needs help getting the tram to The Alderman on Thursdays. It’d be ideal if we could set up a roster or have a few people who can help him out every few weeks.
  • And, as always, if you’ve got course ideas, get in touch!

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