said it first when he held additional charge of sanitation.
Let the crusade begin to change Indian defecation practices once and for all. Instead of promising laptops and cellphones, let the manifestos of our political parties make promises to rehabilitate manual scavengers, build toilets in every rural home and urban slum and bestow upon us the right to clean drinking water. These things could do more to transform our ancient land than almost anything else.
So long may our political leaders squabble over who first said toilets were more important than temples. Long may state governments compete to build modern toilets and may the best toilet builders win in 2014.
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