World Toilet Day
Tuesday November 18 marked “World Toilet Day”, so says the India Times, likely a day that will go unnoticed in Canada. Not so in India! More than 620 million people, over half of the population of India, practice open defecation! In areas we have been, the statistics say over 77% of the population have no toilets. In some of the villages my guess is no toilets what so ever. Therefore, the politicians are talking about a “toilet crisis” and a goal of making the country “open defecation free” by 2017. India has a space program as well as two aircraft carriers—so they might make it, or at least put a dent into the problem. Of course, dramatically reducing the population growth would assist, if it were not already implied in the 2017 goal. That does not solve the cow issue. The “urban cows” which are on each street seem to subsist on eating garbage, including plastic bags. They compete with the pigs, dogs, and goats. Evidence of animal dysentery is laid at your feet. In time, this will be solved too, but not today as India aims at being a world power.