Hi there, my name is Poo, people call me from many other lovable and interesting names. I belong wherever human species exists. My ethnicity (which includes, texture, color, and viscosity) is directly proportional to anyone’s food habit and more precisely on their previous day meal. I am most important yet highly ignored and botched part of anyone’s life. People can live healthy and happy without food and their desired drinks for someday, but if any day my mood is upset, I can turn their world upside down and capable to limit their access only to the loo! But today I am not here to tell about my appearance, demography or my powers. Instead to talk about the struggle I have made to get my birthrights! This is my autobiography. It will not be an exaggeration if I compare my fight to reach where I belong to is any less than the fight which our women fought with the orthodox and the patriarch society to get a well-deserved position of equality, freedom of speech and right to choose in the society.
My situation is very tricky. I am the byproduct of everything anybody eats and while I am in the making I provide energy and necessary nutrition required for their well-being. In short, I churn myself to give others the power. But once I am out of energy, I am forced to be pushed out of the body. That’s fine; I have no qualms about it. I know the whole universe is bound to a cycle and every start is bound to an end for the smooth functioning of this cosmos. But, isn’t it that I deserve a fair treatment in return for the sacrifice I have done for you. I cannot be left anywhere in the open and abandoned to become a house of miscreants like bacteria, viruses, flies and other disease creating organisms as well as for the sneered look by other folks from your own species. I need to be treated with care and hygiene so that your this friend does not end up in a miserable situation. I assume myself as your friend because I can make you feel happy, healthy and energetic but friendship is never one-sided so if you will not take due care of me, maybe someday you will end up longing for me 😉
You must be thinking why suddenly I am raising my voice against all the miseries I am used to facing since centuries. But this has not happened suddenly, it was always there in my heart, after all, who enjoys a miserable life. In spite of trying several softer means to let people understand the importance I should be getting, I was ignored time and again. I have been treated as the most dejected thing in the life of anyone. But, not now, when the world is putting conscious efforts for a bright, secure and more organized set-up in every forte of life. Why should I be behind? It is a time to come over from never-ending dejection, discrimination and pity treatment. I am now just claiming my slice of virtue and piece of luck. To be fair, I am not blaming the complete society. There are few sections of our society who do take care of me and ensure that I get all the deserved treatment. But, is that enough? Isn’t it should be an everyday thing and a new normal for me. There is a famous saying “What goes around, comes around.”-This karma philosophy is equally applicable here as well. If you do not take timely care of me, I wonder if you can carry a healthy well-being for long! Till today millions of people in the world die because of unhygienic conditions and unhealthy food and water supplies. Please don’t blame me for it, I am not the one who is responsible for it. It is your responsibility to take due care of me and ensure your health safety.
I heard that government has allocated over 20,000 cr funds in the Union Budget 2017 as well as put several programs in place to mobilize the funds to needy people and assist them to construct a toilet and a proper sewage system for themselves. Also, to bring in the mass awareness about the importance of cleanliness, hygiene and the goodness it brings in our lives, there are several awareness programs, documentaries, and movies. Thankfully, due to these programs, India has seen the significant increase awareness about hygiene and hence an increase in toilet construction. But, still in the far-flung villages of the country, still people prefer going out in the field. Surprisingly, It is not because the government aids are not reaching there or they cannot afford the toilet but because of weird belief system, superstition and the “fun” of going out. For example, Gazipur village of Bihar state does have a single toilet in the whole village because they believe that it brings bad luck, ill fortune and death. In past, that village had some bad co-incidences, this led villagers to believe that toilet at home is a bad omen. I have sympathies with the families who faced bad circumstances. But the fact is, it is another way around. Having a toilet in a home has only benefits:
- Family members especially women don’t have to hold their nature’s call until night
- Better digestion and healthy stomach leads to healthy and happy life
- Prevention of communicable diseases
- Develop hygiene habit and a better standard of living
The news like bride backed off from marriage because of no toilet in the groom’s house or kids denied to come home because of no toilet makes me happy that people are getting vigilant and making noise for their as well as my rights. These sparks need to be converted into the fire, and if these beings remain adamant for their rights, no wonders one day all the houses of the nation will have at least one toilet. Till that time come, I will keep stirring the stomach of these “deafs” to compel them to hear my voice and understand what I want!
In case, you have an excuse that you are not aware of the government schemes on Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan. I am passing below few link to give you more insights about how you can avail the benefit of it and become a proud owner of a toilet: