A UN agency has added up all its numbers and divided it by its shoe size and worked out that India has more mobile phones than loos.
India’s mobile subscribers totalled 563.73 million at the last count, enough to serve nearly half of the country’s 1.2 billion population.
However the UN is concerned that while there are all these gadgets only a third of the population had access to proper sanitation.
“It is a tragic irony to think in India, a country now wealthy enough that roughly half of the people own phones, so many people cannot afford the basic necessity and dignity of a toilet,” said Zafar Adeel, the UN University director.
He said that proper sanitation in India could save lives, especially those of young people, improve health and help pull India and other countries in similar circumstances out of poverty than any alternative investment.
All a phone really did was give you the opportunity to shout in a public place, or give you a legitimate reason to appear to be talking to yourself.