A trip to the Sulabh International Museum of Toilets at Sulabh Gram in Delhi very well can help one understand the history of sanitation practices from across the world. Pic Courtesy: Sulabh International
A trip to the Sulabh International Museum of Toilets at Sulabh Gram in Delhi very well can help one understand the history of sanitation practices from across the world. Pic Courtesy: Sulabh International

Indian toilet holds natural advantage over Western toilet seat?

The modern World has brought homogeneity in various forms be it fast food, fast pace stressed lives or increase in lifestyle ailments. One of the key facilitating factors in the onset of lifestyle disease is the erosion of the original culture or local ethos.

In India, where PM Modi has put underway- world’s biggest sanitation drive named Swach Bharat Abhiyan that aims to bring in basic hygienic with toilets covering even the remotest corner of the country; the urban India on other hand has adopted the western toilet seat almost in toto!

In fact, the latest in the offering in the luxurious western seat- manufactures have built in remote controlled features, temperature controlled seat and ambient lighting.

East (India) has always been mesmerised by the ways of west. West has a huge influence on the countries in the East. It is still evident with our inclination for English language, our dressing styles and other preferences. But the contribution of India in varied fields, masked earlier, is now reckoning. A famous retro song in the film Purab Aur Paschim movie ,”jab shunya diya mere bharat ne,duniya ko tab ginti aayi” holds true in every sense. Not just Aryabhata who got recognition after long time elapsed, yoga that have its foundation laid as early as during the rigveda period,is getting its long term due now.

But, then its important to realise that the most luxurious of western seats can’t match the natural advantage in positioning that comes with the basic Indian toilet seat. Fortunately, the tables are turning now!

East is a source of magnificient hope for treatment and health. The world, at large, is going back to ayurveda and nature care, that all started in India. One another aspect is to poop like the Indians (definitely not in open). Though India has its own struggle to make it Open Defecation Free (ODF), but the lesson here is that the squatting position is way better than the sitting position (over commode).

The puborectalis muscle, around the rectum pulls rectum forward to create a tight angle (known as the anorectal angle). While squatting widens the anorectal angle, it allows a clearer and straighter passage for stools to pass through the anal canal. Squatting position not just widen the puborectal angle and makes clearing easy, it also reduces the time to defecate.

Therefore, do not blindly mimick, the health benefits of squatting are here to stay!

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