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COVID-19: Under the fight against the epidemic in India, an unwinnable “war of words”-BBC News

  • Aparna Alluri
  • BBC reporter, from Delhi

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A woman walks in front of a graffiti in Mumbai-the street art works here are meant to raise public awareness of the dangers of spitting

Earlier this year, Raja and Priti Narasimhan embarked on a road trip across India, wanting to spread a message: stop spitting in public places. The couple carried a loudspeaker to spread their message, and there were slogans against spitting outside the car.

If you have lived in India, you know what the Narasimhans are facing. This is a place full of saliva on the street. Sometimes it is clear or thick phlegm, sometimes it is bloody, mixed with chewing tobacco, betel nut or panan, on ordinary walls and magnificent buildings, even on the historic Howrah Bridge in Kolkata, There are traces of it.

So Narasimhan and his wife traveled the country, trying to protect public places such as streets, buildings and bridges from this disturbance. They live in Pune and have proclaimed themselves city guards since 2010, declaring war on spitting. On one occasion, Mr. Narasimhan said that they used paint to cover the traces of the spit of pan’an eaters at the train station in Pune City, and some people spit out new sputum there in less than three days.

“There is no reason to spit on the wall!” he said.

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