ANDIndia is a great, ancient country, which is simply overflowing with stunning sights and places important for the entire world cultural heritage, unfortunately, it impresses its guests with more than just something worthy of admiration. Any traveler who first came to a major city in India, such as Delhi, involuntarily wonders why is there so much dirt and garbage in india. Sometimes it even seems that India is the dirtiest country in the world.
Garbage, trash cans and strange habits
The problem starts with India is hard to find something like a trash can or bin. This problem will only get worse in the future. But, even if these buckets were everywhere, the Indians most likely would not use them for their intended purpose.
It turns out that if an Indian has garbage in his hands, he simply throws it at his feet. Therefore, when you ride a bus or train, or just walk down the street, then your eyes appear slides, heaps and separate carpet inclusions of garbage in the form of papers, candy wrappers, wrappers, bottles, plastic, fruit peels and much more incomprehensible.
Do not think that public services do not work in India and garbage is not removed at all. After the next scheduled cleaning, the street can practically “sparkle” with cleanliness. Much depends on the particular city and the responsibility of the relevant services of the municipality. However, the problem is that new landfills appear with enviable regularity.
Weird habits like throw garbage at your feet, organize dumps along or in the middle of roads, throw anything in rivers and streams, is not explained by the critical population of individual cities.
Take Tokyo or London for comparison. It is also crowded there, but people do not sit down anywhere on the road in front of the audience out of great need, and phlegmatic cows and lively goats do not roam the mountains of garbage.
A good example in the form of a "mountain stream". McLeod Ganj is a suburb of the city of Dharmsala in the state of Himachal Pradesh, well-known far beyond India. It is also called "Little Lhasa". The fact is that many people from Tibet live there. McLeod Ganj is also the seat of the government of Tibet. It has always been characterized by virgin nature and comparative cleanliness in the suburbs. However…
The logical continuation of the individual strange habits of the Hindus is the activity of numerous animals looking for food.
During the day, and even more so after dark, piles of rubbish in the streets attract animals. What does a wide variety of animals, ranging from the usual dogs, continuing with cows, pigs, donkeys, goats and ending with monkeys, chipmunks and rats.
If you hear someone say that India is a "holy land", then know that this person is absolutely right. After all, it is a real miracle that a gigantic epidemic has not yet occurred in the country. This is possible only with the direct and personal intervention of one of the mighty Hindu gods.
Feces and urine on the streets of India
For those who don't fully understand yet: India is a dirty country and you hardly met such a second. Garbage and dirt can be found everywhere: on the street, on the bus, in a public toilet, in a cafe and in a hotel room. And yet India's biggest problem is the "garbage" in the minds of Indians.
I'm sorry for the vulgar word, but a lot of Hindus leave shit behind them wherever they go. Of course, only a small part of them, but in a country with a population of one and a half billion people this is enough. According to a 2014 WHO report, about 50% of Indians met their physiological needs outdoors.
What does this mean in practice? Three simple and short examples for clarity ...
1. Little girl on a shopping street
On a clear sunny day, you are walking down a shopping street in a big city. The clock is almost noon. Suddenly you see a little girl crouching right in front of you. But what does she do? And she just pooped. Just in front of all passers-by.
2. "Football field" in the suburbs of Delhi
Suppose you decide get to Bagsu waterfall in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, India. Leaving Delhi, in the suburbs you will probably see a grassy field about the size of a football. There, squatting, dozens of people satisfy their physiological needs. From the outside, it looks like they're on a picnic.
3. Stops at railway stations
Third and final example. You are successful bought tickets at the railway station in Delhi and set out on their planned trip. Did you know that in Indian trains, passengers take care of the departure of natural needs when the train stops at the next station. That is why you can see small mounds along the train route at the stations. Now you know what it is.
What do we have as a result of all this disgrace? At stations, on the streets, in cities and suburbs, in the morning, in the evening and at noon, a terrible smell hovers in the air.
About the problem of "garbage" in the minds
Returning to the existing problem in the minds of local residents. Back in 2015, as part of the cleanliness campaign launched by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, half a million home toilets were built. Despite this, many residents still preferred to defecate on the street.
It got to the point that special sanitary inspectors began to check the use of home toilets for their intended purpose. The data were entered into a single control information base. This check showed that toilets are often used as ancillary household premises - pantries. The fact is that many Indians still believe finding a toilet in the house is completely unhygienic. More than 40% people in northern India who have a toilet at home admit that at least one member of their family defecates outside.
Dirt in public places
Here we mean a combination of dust and something else that is not particularly terrible, a kind of “homemade” dirt. Often Indians do poor-quality cleaning, to say the least.
In trains and buses on windows, walls and seats, you can often see adhering dirt, as well as a solid layer of dust. In cheap hotels and guest houses, cleaning and hygiene are no better. Fungus and mold have found their paradise in India, "blooming" during the monsoon season.
A few words about catering establishments. It is highly recommended to eat in closed establishments. In this case, it is much more likely that the dishes are clean, and they are washed using running water from the water supply. Walking along the streets, you can accidentally see a picture of the process of washing dishes in cheap street cafes.
Tell me honestly, if you knew that the dishes are washed in such a “hygienic” way, would you order food in this establishment? That's right - no. So here's another nutritional tip. Try not to eat meat products, but make do with vegetarian cuisine. If you do not live in one of the decent hotels in Goa and do not plan to visit Flea market in Anjuna, and choose what to eat somewhere in Delhi, then limit yourself to noodles or rice with vegetables, local roti or chapati and a bottle of water without gas ...
Tropical climate, burning and smog
All of the above would not be so unpleasant if it were not for the climate prevailing in India - tropical and monsoonal in most of the entire country. The connection between these phenomena is especially acute during the monsoon season.
Stepping out of an air-conditioned airport in Delhi can feel like stepping into a sauna. Temperatures around 40 degrees and very, very high humidity keep you moist all the time. At the airport, as usual, it smells of burnt garbage. Most likely brought by the wind from the nearby slums. Well, directly to Delhi there is smog which is felt physically, it is really hard to breathe.
In a word, India simply smells bad. Of course, not always and everywhere, but after a month of traveling through the cities of this country, you will most likely remember only unpleasant smells. Garbage, organic waste, urine, feces lie on the streets, and with such high humidity and high air temperature, it all simply rots. Smell and stench are simply inevitable.
A little more tar for the big picture
I would not like to aggravate the overall picture, but one cannot but recall the washing of linen and clothes. This does not mean the linen that decent hotels wash in automatic mechanized laundries. This refers to the common Indian method of washing clothes in the "nearest body of water", regardless of the cleanliness of this body of water.
Let's take for example the well-known Ganges river and lesser known Jumna river, which is a tributary of the first. By the way, the Uttarakhand state court ruled that these rivers are living beings.
This is another attempt to reduce the process of river pollution, because according to statistics, about 3 million people die every year from infectious diseases after bathing in the Ganges. And although this is only a few tenths of a percent of the number of people who take such procedures, the figure is simply breathtaking.
In a word, the sacred Ganges and Jamna are sheer unsanitary conditions, a place of accumulation of bacteria dangerous to humans. And both of these rivers are actively used by a caste of untouchable laundresses who have been conducting their “business” in the same way for centuries. But after all, not only waste, sewage and just dirt are dumped into the rivers. Remember How and where are the dead Hindus buried??
Touching the great rivers of the Hindus, one cannot help but recall the area adjacent to the city Varanasi. The legendary city itself is located in the state of Uttar Pradesh in the northern part of India.
For all Hindus, this is a sacred place that helps them complete their life cycle and go to heaven, naturally. by cremation. However, for some citizens, the Ganges River in the Varanasi region is the only source of livelihood and income.
Many Indians long and diligently filter the cloudy water, which in places turns into a frankly thick slurry. They spend whole days on such a not very pleasant occupation in the hope find gold jewelry: ring, ring, pendant or bracelet.
The fact is that it is not customary for rich Indians to remove all jewelry from the body of the deceased. Thus, the “black seekers” have the only opportunity to somehow earn their living.
Instead of an afterword...
The truth that in India, many people behave as if they live in a pigsty, causes nothing but regret. The widespread use of plastic in its various forms and purposes is catastrophically exacerbating the situation.
Imagine what will happen in the same state of affairs in 15-20 years? Unfortunately, plastic waste tends not to disappear if it is not recycled, but in the old fashioned way it is taken to the forest or thrown to the side of the road. In 20 years, even the most ardent admirer of India will not choose Dharamsala or Darjeeling as a place for a paradise holiday. No one wants to spend their holidays in an exotic landfill.
And, of course, for clarity of all the words, it is proposed to watch a short 4-minute video, with a small part of all these pretty decent outrages.
Also specially for fans of india: Do not take this post as an insult or some kind of artificial cheating. India is a huge, interesting and in many ways attractive country, but every country has its dark sides and this is one of them…
PS There is something positive and I couldn’t help but add...
He called for combining fitness and well-being with cleanliness, leading cleanliness campaignwhich united many people. Governors, Chief Ministers, local leaders, civil society organizations and the general public took part in the event. These collective efforts brought order to some sites and underscored the importance of joint action. The work to create 'garbage-free cities' will continue under the Swachh Bharat Mission 2.0 using scientific waste management and reclaiming old landfills.