The surprising truth of open defecation in India | Sangita Vyas | TEDxWalledCity

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  • katma 31 Tem 2015
  • In this TEDx Talk Sangita Vyas shares the unheared and little understood reality of open defecation in India.

    Its a well known fact that most of the open defecation in the world happens in India, social scientists and the government were struggling to understand why? Is it because we don't have enough toilets? Is it because we don't have enough money? The enormity of the problem was getting worse, 300,000 children lose their lives to preventable diseases related to sanitation and open defecation and most rural children face physical and mental stunting.

    The answer as Sangita found in her country wide survey - is couter intuitive and very surprising. Listen to her talk to know the surprising truth of open defecation in India.
    Sangita is broadly interested in the politics and economics of inequality and making services work in India.

    She grew up in Dallas, Texas, and received a BS from the University of Pennsylvania. After college, Sangita spent several years working in New York in economic consulting but soon became discontent and moved to India where she oversaw a randomized evaluation of a micro-insurance program for farmers in Gujarat with the Centre for Microfinance.

    Sangita holds an MPA in Economics and Public Policy with a Concentration in Urban Policy from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School.
    This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at ted.com/tedx

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  • Eli Versus Politics
    Eli Versus Politics 6 dakika önce

    POO

  • Vic Lagina
    Vic Lagina 12 saatler önce

    Are there no problem solvers over there? You dig a hole next to the one that needs to be emptied throwing the dirt into the old pit. Make the upper moveable. Wow that was friggin hard.

  • Colin Hendry
    Colin Hendry 14 saatler önce

    I’ll give a talk on open defaction in London on a Friday night.

  • Juicy Lucy
    Juicy Lucy 17 saatler önce

    What can we do ?!
    EDUCATE 😊

  • rrangana11
    rrangana11 20 saatler önce +1

    Yes America is the most advanced country in the world but still rural india is better than San Francisco. Go figure.
    In Rural India they go to fields but in San Francisco they do it on Pavement , Walkways, Parking lot or anywhere you name it.

  • MrKneeV
    MrKneeV Gün önce

    Democracy and diversity. Wow. Such great strengths.

  • Benyamin Yisrael
    Benyamin Yisrael Gün önce

    Im sure this was not meant to have me laughing to tears...but..

  • brendameistar
    brendameistar Gün önce

    India has fk all to be proud of. Stinky people.

  • Hell Hound
    Hell Hound Gün önce

    Sends a mission to moon...yep.

  • Zeli Ang
    Zeli Ang Gün önce +1

    Check india s OD in 2019

  • rily51day
    rily51day 2 gün önce

    She should talk about this, because it's definitely a public health issue; especially if human feces infects the water sources for people, you can have a cholera epidemic in no time.

  • Hasmuk lalji
    Hasmuk lalji 2 gün önce

    Lady,,,you can be right about india's reality,but let me tell you that you are a result of 2 billion years of human evolution,,and your ancestors hadn't had a toilets,they're toilet was an open field.and if you hardly have a rooftop to survive how you build sanitary conditions?

  • Vinay Solanki
    Vinay Solanki 2 gün önce

    Its a mental blockage..

  • Zeli Ang
    Zeli Ang 3 gün önce +1

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  • Tracy Pauling
    Tracy Pauling 3 gün önce

    I had no idea this actually happened so much in India

  • jimbo jones
    jimbo jones 3 gün önce

    It's good these kids die, they have too many already over there.

  • jimbo jones
    jimbo jones 3 gün önce

    In India the people are just plain defective.

  • 2Fine2Be Humble
    2Fine2Be Humble 4 gün önce

    Because you can always tell an Indian but you can’t tell them much.
    Under no circumstances will an Indian consider they don’t know everything.

    • Zeli Ang
      Zeli Ang 3 gün önce

      Check India s OD in 2019

  • Trump 4 ADX FLORENCE 2020

    we put a man on the moon in the 1960's but India can't put a man on the Toilet in 2018.

    • Zeli Ang
      Zeli Ang 3 gün önce

      India s OD free rate is 92 in 2019

  • Zeli Ang
    Zeli Ang 4 gün önce +1

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  • Robin Nightfall
    Robin Nightfall 4 gün önce

    Indians are smart why don't they have a plumbing system

    • Zeli Ang
      Zeli Ang 4 gün önce

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  • Royall Waltower
    Royall Waltower 4 gün önce

    Not surprised at all. Its India (not all of India but parts of it) Backwards. Backwards traditions, backwards customs. Extreme gender inequality to the point of oppression and now no plumbing. What else is new?

    • Zeli Ang
      Zeli Ang 4 gün önce

      Check India s Od in 2019

  • lone_wolf
    lone_wolf 4 gün önce

    Check out in 2019. We r proud that we brought it down from 65% to 4% and to 1%till end of 2019

  • Sriram Radhakrishna
    Sriram Radhakrishna 4 gün önce

    This talk highlighted some important statistics, but slacks off in the solutions arena and resorts to the 'oppression' narrative, which doesn't really help the situation practically & doesn't hold very well in recent years (Agreed, a debate for a different time).

    The caste system is not going to be fixed anytime soon, even with regressive policies like reservation, and hasn't been for the last 200+ years since reformists realized that it has to go (especially due to British & Mughal policies intentionally widening these schisms to prevent unity and rule Indians better).

    Instead we could just resort to more scientific solutions like creating latrines connected to bio-gas plants (Not as expensive as you think, usually $1000 or so per unit) for entire communities.

    Solutions like this tackle multiple problems like open defecation, pollution due to inefficient fuel usage and free manure production upon drying the residue. All things rural Indian communities ALREADY DO.

  • G. Confa
    G. Confa 4 gün önce

    You don't do it by hand. You call a truck which vaccums it.

  • John Rotten
    John Rotten 4 gün önce

    I did not know about the caste system in India. Now I understand why they are so condescending. They think they are "royalty." Interesting....

  • winston miller
    winston miller 4 gün önce +2

    What a topic to talk about. And yet, it's such an important one, with important ramifications to child health and society. Go girl. 😊😍👍🏽💕

  • Wadjet
    Wadjet 4 gün önce

    💩😷😱😷💩
    😷😱💩😱😷
    💩😷😱😷💩

  • Zeli Ang
    Zeli Ang 5 gün önce +1

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  • Noel Navarro
    Noel Navarro 5 gün önce +4

    Why empty the latrine? Just cover it and dig up a new one.

  • Suman Nath
    Suman Nath 5 gün önce

    It's just sickness, ridiculous, and people who does it, have NO SHAME. I didn't know that Indians were nastier than Africans even though both are poor countries or continent. Smh

    • Zeli Ang
      Zeli Ang 5 gün önce

      Check India's OD in 2019

  • Nafets
    Nafets 6 gün önce

    Most indians are in denial while they like to compete in everything. Thats why we dont take them seriously

  • Dee Nora
    Dee Nora 6 gün önce

    I got sleepy listening to this more than realization. She’s too repetitive and the points she wants to point out even lost it by going in circles

  • kenny lewis
    kenny lewis 6 gün önce

    She said "taint"

  • Zeli Ang
    Zeli Ang 6 gün önce +1

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  • Larry Fine
    Larry Fine 6 gün önce +9

    Welcome to San Francisco 💩. I thought for sure she was gonna end her speech by taking a huge dump on the stage.

    • rrangana11
      rrangana11 20 saatler önce +1

      Super Answer Buddy.... yes Rural India is better than San Francisco on that Poop matter.

  • Bob O
    Bob O 7 gün önce

    India is smelly 💩💩💩💩

  • Eudelia Rojas
    Eudelia Rojas 7 gün önce

    I can't!! So much is wrong with this, I just don't understand how going to the bathroom in the open is connected with a longer healthier life when children are dying all around them.

    • Zeli Ang
      Zeli Ang 6 gün önce

      Check od of India
      In 2019

  • RC MADNESS San Leandro
    RC MADNESS San Leandro 7 gün önce +1

    Wow, very interesting and disturbing.

  • johnny joestar
    johnny joestar 7 gün önce

    Just read the title,i am ready for this adventure

  • Muslim Always
    Muslim Always 8 gün önce

    Instead of lynching Muslims and turning up their noses at the so called lower caste, as they put it, they should focus their energy on building the most basic structure.... They have recently sent a rocket to the moon, but don't know how to use a toilet? Wow.

    • Zeli Ang
      Zeli Ang 6 gün önce

      Check India's OD in 2019 son

  • Hunne0815
    Hunne0815 8 gün önce

    here is your solution: *water closets*

  • Barrier Boy
    Barrier Boy 8 gün önce +1

    i think this talk is THE PITS!!

  • Barrier Boy
    Barrier Boy 8 gün önce

    i wonder how many people in the audience pooped during the Talk

    • Zeli Ang
      Zeli Ang 4 gün önce

      @Wadjet ok

    • Wadjet
      Wadjet 4 gün önce

      *I wonder how many had chit streaks😞*

    • Zeli Ang
      Zeli Ang 6 gün önce

      Check od of India in 2019

  • vikoni
    vikoni 8 gün önce

    don't they have a sewage system in india?

    • Zeli Ang
      Zeli Ang 6 gün önce

      Check india s od in 2019

  • Zeli Ang
    Zeli Ang 8 gün önce +1

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  • Rabidwilltexas
    Rabidwilltexas 8 gün önce

    I'm sorry but why can't you just burry the latrine when it gets full and dig a new one? It seems kind of counterproductive to use your hands to empty a latrine.

  • Zeli Ang
    Zeli Ang 9 gün önce +1

    Check OD of india in 2019

  • Historión
    Historión 9 gün önce

    Every culture has its own burden. At least one.

    • Zeli Ang
      Zeli Ang 9 gün önce +1

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  • Serpent Lady
    Serpent Lady 10 gün önce

    They could just bury it for goodness sake!

    • Zeli Ang
      Zeli Ang 9 gün önce

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  • Zeli Ang
    Zeli Ang 11 gün önce +1

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  • northsoutheastwest
    northsoutheastwest 11 gün önce +1

    I crapped in a hedegrow in downtown gainesville, fl. after a kentucky fried chicken dinner.

  • Springtime 4haroldinparadise

    Another situation where a Religion dictates idiotic social scenarios, instead of people thinking for themselves...Holly Cow! 🐮

    • Ryan Zacher
      Ryan Zacher 10 gün önce

      I know eh, until "they" (and by they I mean WE) abolish money and religion we will be plagued with greed, corruption and division.

    • Zeli Ang
      Zeli Ang 11 gün önce

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  • Uraang Utaan
    Uraang Utaan 12 gün önce

    In India poop cleaning has such a stigma that the left hand is completely ostracized while eating. There are many Indians who strictly use only the right hand while eating because they think the left hand is polluted. With this kind of mentality I would think the person cooking the food should also be using just the right hand, otherwise the food on the table has already been polluted by the cook in the kitchen. Is it even possible to cook food with just one hand? And by the same token the farmer has polluted the food even before it reaches the kitchen for there is no way the farmer can produce all that he produces with just one hand.
    People have such a sick mentality in this day and age about using just the right hand at the table, while they are fine with open defecation and the consequences of disease as a result of lack of hygiene from such a primitive practice.
    Indians need to make sure every household has a proper toilet and learn to handle feces like everyone else around the world and stop thinking handling feces is the job of a specially designated caste. The "right hand only" nuts should realize that after washing your hands thoroughly with a good anti-bacterial soap, the left hand is as good as the right hand. The weird mentality with which they operate should change to accommodate the 21st century, and quit living like they did many centuries ago.

    • Zeli Ang
      Zeli Ang 11 gün önce

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  • Zeli Ang
    Zeli Ang 13 gün önce +1

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  • Luis Arredondo
    Luis Arredondo 13 gün önce

    Even cats 🐈 cover their shits

    • Zeli Ang
      Zeli Ang 13 gün önce

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  • Zeli Ang
    Zeli Ang 13 gün önce +1

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  • chowdhury meher ali
    chowdhury meher ali 13 gün önce

    open air defecation is good for mind. Early morning breezes touches the body & stool come out automatically. you can try it.hope, you will not disappointed.Indian love this very much.

    • Zeli Ang
      Zeli Ang 13 gün önce

      @chowdhury meher ali hm

    • chowdhury meher ali
      chowdhury meher ali 13 gün önce

      @Zeli Ang I know bro West Bengal now 95% success. Few states 100% achieved but still many state behind in this race. Average may be 85% .

    • Zeli Ang
      Zeli Ang 13 gün önce

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  • Tech Tacho
    Tech Tacho 13 gün önce +1

    California: Hold my beer!

  • Ivan Kolev
    Ivan Kolev 13 gün önce

    Hook worm is terrible, the US tackled this problem through education and government construction of outhouses all across America.
    But it seem that the lower cast Indians just prefer to answer nature's call amoung nature, and it looks like we'll be importing more of your lowers cast with our unis greed for froegin students.

    • Zeli Ang
      Zeli Ang 13 gün önce

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