Origins of the OPP Sanitation Programme

Sometime in 1973, I received a phone call from a person who called himself the ‘Chor (robber) man’ of the federal government’s Appropriate Technology Development Cell (ATDC). He wanted to see me immediately. I told him I was busy and could only see him the next day. He said he was disappointed and hung up.

However, after 20 minutes, a rather tall man with a marked limb walked into my office and introduced himself as Ghulam Kibriya, chairperson of the ATDC. He asked me if I was Arif Hasan and, when I said yes, he said, You are such a young man, and here I am, talking to you so politely (may aap aap kar raha hoon)”, and sat down.

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