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India's Potty Problem

India's Potty Problem | Human Geography CP |

Which statement is true? 


A. 60% of all households without toilets in the world are in India.
B. India’s Muslims are less affected by the sanitation problem than Hindus.
C. India’s lack of toilets is worse than China’s.
D. Lack of toilets in India puts women at especially high risk.

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Lora Tortolani's curator insight, April 8, 9:12 PM

626 million people out of 1.27 billion don't have toilets in India!  That number doesn't even seem possible, but yet there are a greater number of cell phones available.  I'm sure some of the reasoning has to do with culture and tradition, however the Prime Minister has made it a priority to get more toilets accessible.  It's so sad to me that a lack of toilets leads to more women getting raped.  Like really?

Joshua Mason's curator insight, April 8, 10:42 PM

Indoor plumbing is something taken for granted here in the U.S. After camping for a weekend, I'm most grateful for two things on the return: A shower and to be able to use a toilet. Unfortunately, some people, like those in India, lack that luxury to even miss it.


For a variety of reasons, like lack of money, Hindu beliefs, and lack of infrastructure, many Indians are forced to go to the bathroom outside of their homes, often in open fields where children play. Most people don't let their kids play in the toilet. It's also created dangers for women that have to go out at night alone into empty fields. 


The problem with this article is the vagueness given in the descriptions of the issues and that it tends to wander around subsection it's describing. I would've also appreciated citations for the sources the author consulted when writing the piece. Nevertheless, toilets are an important for the health, sanitation, and safety of a people and if India wants to grow even further, infrastructure will play a crucial role.

Lena Minassian's curator insight, April 9, 9:44 PM

It's amazing how we overlook the simplest blessings of having a bathroom with a toilet in our homes. "60% of households without toilets in the world are in India." This statistic is eye opening because I wasn't aware since India is a developing country. 626 million people in India live without toilets. That number is way too high. This is a problem that needs to be fixed for many health reasons. Individuals cannot be exposed to not having a proper place to go to the bathroom and all of the diseases that they could catch from this. This is also very alarming for young children who do not have the strongest of immune systems. Ethnically this may be a social norm but it is not safe. Another aspect of this that I didn't think of is young girls having to go outside by themselves and putting their lives at actual risk. There was reports of girls being kidnapped and rapped for venturing off on their own for something that is out of their control. I hope that there is a serious push to place more toilets for these people so that they can be safer. 

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Inside India’s pop-up city

Inside India’s pop-up city | Human Geography CP |
Every 12 years, the Kumbh Mela, a centuries-old Hindu pilgrimage, temporarily transforms an empty floodplain in India into one of the biggest cities in the world.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:43 PM

Hindu pilgrims from all over India flock to bathe where it the Yamuna Saraswati Rivers join with the Ganges River for a religious experience.  This is a massive undertaking where the cultural practices create migratory patterns that reshape cities because of a sacred physical geography

Nathan Chasse's curator insight, April 12, 2014 12:21 AM

This article is about the sacred gathering which occurs every 12 years at the merging point of the sacred Hindu rivers. Millions of people bathe in the waters daily during the Kumbh Mela. This sacred physical geography causes a massive human migration and creates a temporary mega-city. The temporary city is an excellent way to experiment with the planning of mega cities which, as evidenced by the problematic physical and human geography of Mexico City, are often not planned so much as just they just expand to meet the needs of the time. Urban planning should be particularly interesting for the people of India as the rapid population growth will cause significant expansion in its cities.

Joseph Thacker 's curator insight, April 13, 2014 1:43 PM

Every 12 years Hindus come together for a religious gathering, which results in the creation of a temporary mega city. The millions of people who attend this Hindu pilgrimage create this mega city for 55 days. It is impressive to see a temporary city supply housing, electricity, food and clean drinking water for millions of people.