His efforts towards the challenge of sanitation faced by lakhs of Indians on a daily basis are worth noting. Dr. Pathak has taken great efforts in making toilets available to people in all parts of India. He has also strived to change the lives of untouchables and bring about a social movement without the help of upheaval or violence. His social service organization has been in existence for over 40 years. He has helped in bringing about a huge change in the mindset of people towards sanitation and toilet facilities. Dr. Pathak has also helped with low-cost toilet implementation and self-sustenance of the sanitation system. The Sulabh Sanitation Movement is his brainchild.
Sulabh International Museum Of Toilets, Sections
There are three sections inside the museum. Each depicts a time period and the advancements in the toilet system over this period.
This section speaks about the sanitation system that existed around 3000 BC among the people of Harappa. This is based on the excavations that were carried out in Mohenjo Daro and Harappa. These excavations have remains of bathing tanks, wells, underground and overhead drains, soak pits, toilets, lanes and roads. You can even see the drainage system that existed that helped monitor the flow. This section also shows the sanitation system that existed in Babylon, Rome, Jerusalem, Rome, Greece and Crete.
The medieval section depicts the sanitation system in India and around the world. This era had a number of kings and queens that lived in forts. There are toilets from various forts of India as well as the world. The standout piece is the table top toilet from the medieval era of England.
As the name points out, this section has toilets from around the world in the modern era. There are catalogs from toilet manufacturing companies, cartoon displays of toilets and a number of toilet jokes, just to keep the mood light. You will even get the see the Sulabh mobile toilet, the Chinese toy commode, the American electric toilet and the biggest toilet complex model located in Shirdi.
A number of people have visited by a number of high profile dignitaries. These include some big names from India as well as the world. They include:
- Prakash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Punjab.
- Governor of Jharkhand.
- Belgium Prime Minister
- Timothy J. Roemer, American Ambassador.
- Shri Jairam Ramesh, Minister of Rural Development
- Thai Princess
- Sardar Khushwant Singh, Journalist
- Kumar Selja
- Ravi Shankar Prasad, MP/RS/BJP Spokesman.
- Rajmohan Gandhi, USA.
- Meira Kumar, Speaker, Lok Sabha
The main objective of the museum is to help students in their study of historic trends. It also helps researchers regarding the raw materials used, the design of the toilets and the various technologies that were used. The museum also helps decision makers to understand the policies adopted by their predecessors.