Monday, April 19, 2010

Mobile phones outnumber toilets in India


In what could be a national shame to the people of India, a United Nations study has revealed that there are more mobile phones in India than toilets. The study, which was carried out by the Institute for Water, Environment and Health of United Nations university found that India has about 563.73 million mobile phone subscribers which is nearly half of that of the country’s population of 1.2 billion. However, only 366 million people, which is approximately a third of the total population were found to have proper sanitation facilities as of 2008.

The University’s director Zafar Adeel who also heads the Institute for Water, Environment and Health of the UN university said that it was a ‘tragic irony’ that in a country such as India that was now affluent enough for most of the population to own mobile phones, many couldn’t even afford the ‘basic necessity and dignity of a toilet’.

The results of the study makes one wonder if India values technology more than basic necessity. As a country which has undergone tremendous growth over the last few decades, it indeed is sad that a part of the population in India does not have the luxury of a toilet whilst the rest of the country is reveling in the opulences brought forth by technology.