What the media toilet at PMO says about India

The state of Indian newspapers and news channels (and magazines*) can be judged by the condition of their toilets. And so, it seems, can the state of the most important address in the country—that of the prime minister of the democratic, socialist, secular republic of India.

A correspondent for an English news channel forwards a picture of what passes off as a toilet for the media scrum waiting outside the prime minister’s office at 7, Race Course Road in New Delhi.

The correspondent writes: 

“Till 2006, the media was allowed to wait for visitors to the PM’s house at a media stand built during the prime ministership of Atal Behari Vajpayee and located inside the сompound of the PM’s residence.

“”It had a covered roof to give protection to reporters and cameramen against sun and rain, and given its location some amount of care was taken for its upkeep and maintenance.

“In 2006, the special protection group (SPG) guarding the PM ejected the media from the precincts of the PMO after some TV channels made the trespassing of two girls and a boy a breach-of-security issue.

“The media gaggle now waits on the other side of the road (near Race Course). Visitors to the PMO now have to walk across the road and talk to them. Needless to say, many media people spend the whole day here.

“The PMO has erected a temporary toilet for the media, facing the exit gate of 7, RCR. The media and police share the toilet and more often than not, it is dirty and stinking.” 


  1. shama zaidi

    the toilets on the pakistani side of the attari border are spanking clean and the ones on our side are filthy. so is this a comment on the state of democracy in our respective countries?
    true we are not a toilet trained people but what to do we are like that only. anyone wanting to see the largest display of male bottoms in the world can come to juhu beach between 6-8 a.m

  2. 1) Yes. It’s sad to know about the state of toilet and wish better facilities are made available, not because the people who use them are from the media, but because every human being needs decent toilets.

    2) I wish the media too highlights (regularly) the need for toilets for the common man & woman (rural & urban poor) much more forcefully.

    3) As regards the remark – “The media and police share the toilet and more often than not, it is dirty and stinking.” I am too tempted to say “Birds of the same feather, flock together.” The way media is used to publish / telecast rubbish and tarnish the image of individuals / institutions has been too many in the last decade. People across the country regularly come across instances where the media is used by the police to plant stories. No wonder, both the police & media, end up sharing the same toilet.


  3. Pramod

    There is no need in India for displaying directions guiding people to toilets in public places as one can easily find them by following the stinking smell of these filthy public toilets.

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