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Squatting with Dignity

Squatting with Dignity
Lessons from India

First Edition
  • Kumar Alok - Principle Secretary, Chief Minister Tripura
Critical Acclaim

February 2010 | 408 pages | SAGE India
This book provides an analytical view of the successes and challenges encountered while creating the fast expanding rural sanitation movement in India, with a special focus on the last decade.

While attempting to break the sanitation taboo in the country, this book presents a historical account of the importance attached to hygiene and sanitation in ancient India and the evolution of the sanitation policy. The key challenges and debates that have been encountered by policy makers while implementing the Total Sanitation Campaign have been discussed in detail along with a critical analysis of the key factors of success and the lessons learned.

The book targets an audience that includes policy makers, programme managers and implementers, and outlines a vision for the future of sanitation programmes in India. It also presents innovative ideas for launching the second generation of sanitation initiatives which will be relevant not only for India but also for many other countries across the globe.


Dr N C Saxena

Karin Hulshof

Rural Sanitation: Development in Phases

Debate on Key Policies and Evolution of Implementation Strategy

Systems Building

Geographical Spread

Spread of the Movement

Key Achievements and Learnings

Key Challenges

The Way Forward





This book is a blueprint of the Indian state functionaries’ experience and attempts to provide “constructive” suggestions from that perspective.

Economic & Political Weekly

[The author] perspectives as an insider to the policy making process are spread over this book and that certainly adds a distinct flavour to an otherwise simple but comprehensive narrative…An interesting feature of the book is that it clearly brings out certain facets of public administration enlightening an ordinary reader on how the system functions in India… the book is extremely informative and goes to the extent of describing minute details of the projects as well as project proposals, which will be of great use to policy makers. This book has definitely added to the scarce published material on sanitation throughout the world. It will certainly help the policy makers and implementers in designing suitable programmes on sanitation not only in India but also in other developing countries.

Current Science

Written with commitment and passion, Squatting with Dignity provides an in-depth analytical account of what has worked and what remains to be achieved in the sanitation arena.

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