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Why do so many Indians continue to poop in the open? It’s not always for lack of toilets…

What’s the holdup? In many cases (tens of millions, in fact), it’s the all-important question of who will empty those latrines once they fill up.  Emptying a latrine is never pleasant, Diane Coffey and Dean Spears write in their excellent book, Where India Goes. But in other nations it’s at least not “a symbol of generations of oppression and humiliation.” Coffey and Spears were a great help as I wrote my latest feature — on the struggle to end open defecation — for National Geographic magazine.



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