Has Swachh Bharat Mission really made India 96% open defecation free?

The Swachh Bharat Mission-Gramin's achievements are built on shaky data left behind by the UPA government

Kolkata has stinkiest loo, followed by Delhi, reveals survey

The Census 2011 told us only 32% of India’s rural households had toilets. Other studies showed that a fewer number of those households actually used those toilets. Under the Narendra Modi government’s Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), much has changed. Firstly, commitment has come from the highest level of government, especially the prime minister. By all accounts, the secretary in charge of SBM is a remarkably driven man. Secondly, under SBM, for the first time, the government is focusing on changing behaviour on a large scale. In fact, India is implementing the ...