India’s Census: Lots of Cellphones, Too few Toilets

NPR-April 8, 2012

India’s rapid economic growth- and its long-standing poverty- are also reflected in the census. More than half of all Indian households now have cellphones, but, fewer than half have toilets.(read full story here)

The urgency of nature’s call
Is one that engages us all.
We’ll abandon standards of clean
To seek out the nearest latrine
Or privy or tree trunk or wall
Or hidden recess in a mall.
Of needs, surely this one is chief-
The promise of blessed relief.

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