The Indian Express

‘Toilet – Ek Prem Katha mints money; Sulabh Shauchalaya’s founder becomes history

‘Toilet – Ek Prem Katha’ is a satirical comedy essayed with great precision by thespian Akshay Kumar. The movie depicts paucity of loos in the majority of rural India. Men, women, children, young and old are frequently seen rushing to fields early in the morning in order to attend nature’s call. The movie has been nominated for a glut of national and international awards.


The leading lady in this movie compelled by certain quirky circumstances forced her dad to build a toilet in her house, thus, sending this social message far and wide. The World Toilet Day is observed on November 19 every successive year where ‘golden-words’ are mouthed by those who are not even distantly related to this mission.    


In the din and cacophony of glittering functions attended by a legion of celebs, the immense contribution of Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, the pioneer pacesetter of cost-effective and hygienic sanitation and social reformer has seems to be lost. The doctor – a Patna resident in Bihar, developed the cheapest toilet in the world. The people may not be familiar with the name Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak. However, even the children are now familiar with the name Sulabh Shauchalay, the pay-and-use public toilets across the country.


Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of Sulabh Sanitation Movement in India, has been awarded the 2009 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate. As the Founder of the Sulabh International Social Service Organisation, Dr. Pathak is known around the world for his wide ranging work in the sanitation field to improve public health, advance social progress, and improve human rights in India and other countries. His accomplishments span the fields of sanitation technology, social enterprise, and healthcare education for millions of people in his native country, serving as a model for NGO agencies and public health initiatives around the world.


Since he established the Sulabh Sanitation Movement in 1970, Dr. Pathak has worked to change social attitudes toward traditional unsanitary latrine practices in slums, rural villages, and dense urban districts, and developed cost effective toilet systems that have improved daily life and health for millions of people. He has also waged an ongoing campaign to abolish the traditional practice of manual “scavenging” of human waste from bucket latrines in India while championing the rights of former scavengers and their families to economic opportunity, decent standards of living, and social dignity.


“The results of Dr. Pathak’s endeavours constitute one of the most amazing examples of how one person can impact the well being of millions,” noted the Stockholm Water Prize nominating committee in its citation. “Dr. Pathak’s leadership in attaining these remarkable socio-environmental results has been universally recognized, and not least by those who have secured the freedom of human dignity as a consequence of his efforts.”


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