India’s Population – Asset or Liability? | Expert Speak | Shiv Khera
India’s Population – Asset or Liability?: Population explosion is the root cause of most of the problems such as poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, pollution, hunger, malnutrition, deforestation etc. including violent crimes. The quality of life for most Indian citizens is pathetic.
According to some estimates, India’s population has surpassed China. Independent reports have hinted that, in total, Indians have 125 crore Aadhar cards and about 30 crore citizens live in India without Aadhar cards. If this projection was taken as a reference point, India has already surpassed China, with total population of 155 Crores. We have only 2% of the agricultural land and 4% of drinking water but have almost 20% of the world’s population.
In China, 11 children are born every minute whereas in India, 55 children are born every minute. The population density in India is 404 people per sq. km. whereas the global density is 51 people per sq. km. Population explosion is more dangerous than bomb explosion and without implementing effective population control measures, a healthy, literate, prosperous, strong India would only remain a dream.
The tax payers have been contributing towards the growth and development of India since 1947. Tax payers are real nation builders and they should ensure that their representatives enact laws in the national interest.
Every year, population is increasing but the natural resources are depleting. So much so that we have scarcity of fresh air to breathe and fresh water to drink. Because of deforestation, the agricultural land is decreasing every year.
Most farsighted people will agree that India needs a two children policy which should be made the criteria for Govt Jobs, Subsidies, Voting right, right to contest elections etc. for non-compliance.
According to United Nation’s report, we’re adding 25 million to our population every year, which is equivalent to the entire population of Australia.
How to overcome the Population Crisis?
Educating the masses, this is important not only to provide a quality life to the coming generations but also to control ‘Desire for male child’ syndrome, just the way Indonesia has implemented the two child policy through education.
Iranian authorities encouraged families not to have more than two children when conducting family planning in Iran from the early 1990s to late 2006. When the family planning program was initiated, Iran's Health Ministry launched a nationwide campaign and introduced contraceptives - pills, condoms, IUDs, implants, tubal ligations, and more.
The solutions and remedies may be painful but then, all medicines are not sweet and all surgeries are not painless, but it must be done in the larger interest of the country.
It’s high time our national leadership has courage to address the core issues.
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