In this third podcast, I share a few explanatory reasons for the continued practice of open defecation in rural India. I approach my understanding of the issue from a behavioral perspective, as I find it more relevant to the field work I have undertaken. These perspectives are adapted from a previous document that I wrote for Participatory Research in Asia. In addition, I have added some field-based anecdotes to enhance the discussion.
In the second part of the podcast, I share quite a profound poem that a friend shared with me here in Raipur recently – “Die Slowly” by Pablo Neruda. As fate would have it, the poem was given to me right as I was about to create this podcast.
In my first podcast, I interview Harshada Deshpande, a fascinating young law school graduate, on her work in Nepal, her love of literature, and the need for lawyers engaging in human rights work.