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Monthly Archives: January 2009

ok, this is an issue which is just not getting the attention it deserves. and whenever there is something about it, a rosy picture is painted. the truth is, it is already too late. many indians remain blissfully unaware of the disastrous consequences this can have.

the population in local areas are the first to bear the brunt of this. frequent power cuts, very little drinking water etc..

the urban indian is blinded to the problem. he/she is not in the know or does not care.

indian population is expected to overtake china’s population by 2030 (link here). some other estimates put that at around 2050. but lets keep the math aside. you dont need an expert to tell you when that will happen. if you’ve been living in an indian city for 10 years, im sure you know what am talking about.  i live in a city and the growth has been shocking. compared to the late 80’s or the 90’s, the crowd on the roads seems to have increased by many times. a quiet, nice slow city has been transformed to a crowded, noisy, polluted city and its only going to get worse.

resources are short. the ever expanding cities are encroaching on rural farmlands. the very sources that feed the nation are being turned to commercial hubs. are we going to eat money?.

more the people, lesser the jobs available, more the competitiveness and life just gets so hard. there are so many doctors and engineers and lawyers. there is an excess of everything here and its just getting started. so you dont know what to do or what has a future. so salaries are going to get lesser and life is going to become more difficult.

i predict the future wars will be fought for water and food. i predict there are going to be people fighting on the streets for water. one day we will have to pay for water like we pay for petrol. rs 51 per liter of water. its going to happen. we are not going to wake up until the water has come right up to our nose.

we need a one child norm. a two child norm is no good. we need radical change, and we need it fast. we’ve got to be strict about the norm. just telling people will not work. it has never worked. we need to take some unpleasant actions. but necessary ones. again, it should be the NORM.  we cant just introduce a sloppy campaign or TV ads or something like that which is as good as doing nothing at all.

a politician recently stated that china style population control is not for india. i do not agree with him. our leaders are quick to tell us what can’t be done but they offer no solutions. neither do they have the political will to do something about it.

another source of increasing population is our porous border with neighbouring countries. it is estimated that around 4 crore illegal immigrant now reside in india (source:baba ramdev). these illegal immigrants are a strain on our economy and our resources and they should be deported to their respective countries. many indians turn a blind eye to this fact. we need to build walls. as simple as that. this is not a free for all country.. you cant just come in. we need to send a clear message.

couples should adopt kids rather than bring new ones into this big bad world. why subject another new human to all this pain and sorrow of the modern life?. why not we try to give a good life to already existing kids?. we the people should learn to be more broadminded.

lots of people have suggested that population control would be harmful as the old population will increase and young people will decrease. that just doesnt stick. we cant just keep increasing the population. we dont need so many youngsters, we need balanced population.

plus, rain water harvesting should be made compulsory. those who do not follow that should be penalised. we dont know the value of water. have you tried being thirsty for a long time?. if you’ve been really really REALLY thirsty and then drink water.. you can feel it go down your body from your shoulders to your palms and to your toes.. its an amazing feeling.. try it. you can feel it travel. the satisfaction is immense. such is the magic of nature. we should strive to retain what we have and pass it to the youngsters…

anyone who follows the news must be aware of the coverage that obama’s inauguration is getting. it will be the most expensive inauguration ever. 160 million US dollars. given the current financial crisis, i do not think that spending such a huge sum is justified. what is supposed to be a simple swearing in ceremony, should not cost so much.

now is the time to save money and spend it wisely. the govt has to set an example to the american people. the same money can be used to for so many other pourposes. i just dont understand why celebrities like beyonce are being called to perform. this is not party time. getting the presidency is a huge responsibility, its not a prize. (quoting AB vajpayee).

obama, during campaigning, always spoke of the need to cut down on unnecessary expenditure. the time is right for him to implement what he said. he should seize the opportunity. the ceremony might be an american tradition. but it can be done in a simpler way. i think people are forgetting to see the big picture here. obama will be remembered more for his policies and the decisions he will make. the ceremony should not be an issue at all. there are bigger things that need attention.