articles by Swagata Yadavar


Four years of Swachh Bharat: Open defecation down 26%, but toilet use doesn't match construction spree

Almost a 23 percent of those who own a latrine defecated in the open, a figure that has remained unchanged since the Swachh Bharat Mission was launched in 2014. This can mostly be attributed to deeply entrenched beliefs about caste “impurity” associated with emptying latrine pits, the paper concluded.


India can't achieve 8% annual GDP growth without reducing income and gender inequality and improving healthcare

India is one of the most unequal countries in the world, with the top 10 percent controlling 55 percent of the total wealth against 31 percent in 1980, according to the 2018 World Inequality report.