மலம் அள்ளும் துப்புரவுப் பணியும் காந்தியும் – 8

UNTOUCHABILITY AND THE FLUSH SYSTEM
0047  Toilet of Mahatma Gandhi –  Sawegram Ashram


Q. Do you consider that the adoption of the flush system is one way of eradicating untouchability? If so, you wou
ld not presumably oppose its introduction on the basis of your dislike of machinery.

A. Where there is ample supply of water and modern sanitation can be introduced without any hardship on the poor, I have no objection to it. In fact, it should be welcomed as a means of improving the health of the city concerned. At the moment, it can only be introduced in towns. My opposition to machinery is much misunderstood. I am not opposed to machinery as such. I am opposed to machinery which displaces labour and leaves it idle. Whether the flush system will remove the curse of untouchability is open to grave doubt. This latter has to go from our hearts. It will not disappear through such means as has been suggested. Not until we all become bhangis and realize the dignity of the labour of scavenging and latrine-cleaning, will untouchability really be exorcized.

NEW DELHI, September 2, 1946 ,Harijan, 15-9-1946

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