Recently, a top Indian sociologist, Bindeshwar Pathak, has announced to name one Indian village after US President Donald Trump. The decision has been taken as part of his efforts to strengthen India-US relationship. The village is being developed in Mewat region, Rajasthan.
In a community event organised in Washington DC, Sulabh International Founder and Chief, Bindeshwar Pathak said, “I announce to name one village in India as Trump Village”.
During a presentation to the local community and political leaders, he said that steps are also being taken to provide affordable sanitation and toilets to the public.
While urging the Indian-American community to help realise the goal of sanitation and cleanliness in India he added, “the cost of one toilet ranges from USD 25 to USD 500, depending on nature of construction while the technology remains same”.
Meanwhile, the Republican leader and Virginia Governor, Ed Gillespie said that the US has a very strong relationship with India. He also highlighted the role of Indian-American community in the US.
However, Gillespie and other politicians are exploring options of adopting the technology of Sulabh International in Virginia and Maryland.
“Rural areas of Virginia have a problem in building toilets and its maintenance cost is very high. Several officials from both Virginia and Maryland have expressed their interest in adopting it locally so as to bring the cost down,” said Virginia Republican Puneet Ahluwalia.