Political disagreement has been going on since the beginning of government. Recently, marches, rallies, and the Sunday morning news and political shows have reinforced the different sides between those who want change and those who do not.

When it comes to human hygiene, you would think that it would not be a divisive subject. But in India it is. India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, is pushing for a people to stop “doing their business” when they take a walk. A very surprising article in the Wall Street Journal, “Going Outside Turns Political in India Toilet Drive,” sheds a whole new light on the design of a toilet room.

In the United States, using a toilet is not a debatable subject matter. How many toilet stalls are required in a public restroom could be debated by architects, but not the basic need for them. Architects follow the code that dictates the minimum number of water closets (toilets) for men and women, with women’s bathrooms getting a few more stalls. This is because women usually must wait in line in public restrooms, and sometimes even at a friend’s house.

To think that a culture is resisting the installation and use of toilets seems very backwards, especially from a country that is leading the world in technology, producing some of the brightest doctors, engineers, and scientists. It is hard for me to see why these villages want to hold onto ancient customs and traditions, which comes with the risk disease and death. Will this be one area where change will win out?