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India's Growth Story Needs A Shot In The Arm, Literally

Every year, 2.7 crore children are born in India. This is the sum that we hope becomes the dividend of India's growth equation. This cohort, it is projected, adds to India's celebrated profile of having the world's largest youth population for the next two decades -- approximately 356 million 10-24-year-olds. Projections peg great hope on this statistic, anticipating it to be the major factor driving the plot of India's growth story. However, there are daunting challenges accompanying this demographic advantage, particularly when it comes to health.
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The Un-Swachh Truth: Many Indians Would Rather Use The Fields Than Clean A Toilet

The media has been full of pictures of various dignitaries wielding brooms and demonstrating their alignment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan or Clean India Programme. However, the programme doesn't seem to have made a visible impact on the cleanliness of the country. For this initiative to succeed, I think we need to start cleaning our backyards (and toilets). I would like to describe a small attempt by our rural institute towards this effort.