Sanitation is the world’s largest burning, yet solvable problem.
Meanwhile, to the idiots who protested and ridiculously claimed that toilets are more important in this developing country, Ramesh later retorted, “So will those people go to a toilet to pray? Hell, God is sort of everywhere, but in toilets?! Will toilets take this country out of trouble?” The Minister denied to apologize with the usual “comments-blown-out-of-proportion” remark, because he said religion is a good cover for everything (in)sensible in this country, and there is no need to bow down to pressure.
A Brahmin pandit from Varanasi, who has an expertise in the very Godly art of caste discrimination, went a step further and said that there should be more temples for higher castes than for Dalits. He allegedly beat up some peaceful pro-sanitation protesters near the banks of the Ganges. This reporter now plans to write to the government to suggest adding these ideas to the next Five Year Plan for fast economic growth in India, the rising superpower. The Brahmin apparently earns his bread by stealing women’s clothes while they take bath in the Ganges. When the poor woman comes embarrassed, the Pandit Charming comes to the damsel in distress and sells her a previously-stolen set of clothes in exchange of hard-earned cash. We suggest that the pandit be awarded the Bravery Award (or Award for Best Business Practices?) for successfully using his religious attire to help women in times of need.
Another Ramesh supporter, who is a strict vegetarian looking for buffaloes to kill on Dusshera, told us, “The people who are advocating more clean toilets should be hanged, as they are the true enemies of this country. Toilet cleans the digestive system, but to cleanse your heart, you have to go to the temple.” This supporter claims he goes to a temple every Tuesday to pray for a male child, ever since he killed his child at birth for being a girl. He has never felt the need of a toilet and pees on the roads of the city to keep them clean and green. And, his wife has to wait for dark to defecate even in serious situations. They still feel temples are more important than toilets.
The NTMN View: Faith aside, we shouldn’t deviate from the issue, when a Minister wants to make proper sanitation a reality in India. Jairam Ramesh may be insensible, but all practices that occur in the name of religion aren’t clean either. The Brahmin’s example of stealing clothes is a true story from Varanasi. So, let’s look at the issue at hand, and that is sanitation.