Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Containing Population Bomb

Updated: September 3, 2019 3:48 pm

We are now living in a New India that is a developing nation. Time has come now that we the common man of India, having a glorious past and the oldest civilisation, should think seriously as to how we should be placed among the developed nations’ category. Instead of just being an over-crowded population in future, we must rethink to plan and control it. Every Indian citizen must maintain a qualitative life for a developed India. But India is still struggling for getting a house for each of its citizen, besides two square meals and quality education and healthcare for all. In this perspective,  Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech assumes significance, which laid emphasis on the need for population control. That was a landmark Independence Day speech–probably the most important one in the last many years, especially on population control. Modi has got a clear vision, but whether the woolly-headed ‘liberal tolerant cabal’ in India will allow for its execution needs to be seen. Population control is all people-centric message. So, people should have greater responsibility than the government in achieving desired results. People of India also have obligations to shape India’s future. PM Modi simply emphasised this. The government alone can’t do magic, as people are also equal partners in the upliftment of the nation. Population explosion is the greatest problem of India, which is now threatening the existence of India. The increasing population has serious implications on the country–from health, social, environmental to economic. In India, rising population can be attributed to high birth rate. Frequent pregnancies without having a gap can be very hazardous to the health of the mother and the child, leading to increased maternal and infant mortality rates. According to the Economic Survey of 2018, the desire to have a male child has engendered 21 million “unwanted girls” in India. Such gender preferences are also equally contributing to the population explosion in India along with triggering malpractice of female foeticide. Therefore, requirement of laws and their rigorous implementation is the essential need. However, it cannot be gainsaid that that in the last 63 months, more has been done in many sectors of India’s life than was done in the last 63 years. The proof of the pudding is in the eating–and the fact that Modi has been returned to power with an improved mandate should say it all.

First and foremost, it is important that politicians, above all, should have a vision. That our PM has more than one is clear, all being genuine, sensible and sensible to a large extent. He is aware that the present global economic circumstances are linked to the stress of US sanctions, threats and direct wars, so that India can at best only hope to look inwards for solutions. Social fabric will improve along with individual inspirations, education and determination to preserve the peaceful nature of all the religions this country contains. Besides controlling population, India should also reap benefits of its huge youth population. According to data, India has more than 22.90 crore students in our 14.10 lakh schools and every year we have almost 1.70 crore students passing out from grade VIII to grade IX, who must be provided adequate opportunities of a productive secondary education and skills in order to realise India’s true demographic dividend. Let us also not be oblivious of the glaring fact that our Prime Minister has set a target of skilling 50 crore youth by 2022. When this is materialised in reality, India’s demographic dividend will leverage it in advancing ahead. To state the obvious, India certainly enjoys the demographic dividend and all we need to do is to leverage it rightly. To avoid demographic dividend from becoming a dividend disaster, it is imperative that our policymakers put their heads together and work out the right plan to take India to greater heights and make India emerge not only as a military superpower but also as an economic superpower. Not only this, the people of India too have to join hands to work relentlessly in this direction and fully understand their responsibility, which they owe not only to themselves and their family but also to the nation, as a well-known maxim goes: “The price of greatness is responsibility.”

By Deepak Kumar Rath

(editor@udayindia.in)

 

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