Invoking Gandhi, Modi vows to 'Clean India' by 2019. Is that possible?

October 2, 2014 4:45 PM

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Invoking Gandhi, Modi vows to 'Clean India' by 2019. Is that possible?

Prime Minister Modi required bureaucrats to clean toilets and sweep today, the national holiday for Mahatma Gandhi's birthday. Poor sanitation causes India to lose 6.4 percent of GDP, the World Bank estimates.

New Delhi — Outside of New Delhi's largest train station heaps of garbage lie in the streets and in front of nearby shops and restaurants. In one corner, a sign reads "Deluxe Toilet," which is actually a filthy public bathroom.

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