Population Time Bomb – The forgotten Bomb

Sorry for this bad habit of contemplating things which are very diverse and at some level quite de-focused, but I guess that is what Sunday’s are for.

Sunday night, nice kebabs’, Patiala peg and the mind goes wa wa vooooomm……

During my stint in the IT industry we learnt a term called Root Cause Analysis (not a cousin of Root Canal so don’t worry). Root Cause Analysis is all about identifying a problem, look for what caused it, then looking for what caused what caused it and going on till we reach the bottom (or close to it)….I am sure intuitively all of you would have understood it what I am saying here…

With a peg too many inside me, I started doing the root cause analysis of various problems our country faces…..let me share my analysis with you (so that you don’t get bored, I will skip the intermediate steps and go straight to what looked to me like root causes…

  1. Not enough drinking water, not enough electricity, not enough (or wide enough or square footage of well-made roads) etc. etc. essentially poor physical infrastructure. There are many causes but one cause that seems to stare in the face is that if we assume we have half of today’s population and same infrastructure…..imagine roads with half the traffic, imagine same amount electricity but half the load, imagine, same amount of water treatment plants and pipelines but half the people to drink it,
  2. Imagine same number of Doctors, Medical Colleges, Seats, hospital beds but only half the patients,
  3. Imagine same number of jobs but half the takers
  4. Imagine half the people generating half the stinky smelly and dangerous garbage…!!!!

…….the thoughts could on endlessly.

While one can argue that there are other serious causes (and that argument will also have merit in it) and having the same of everything will not be easy (and that too will have some though lesser merit in it) but one common cause in all of this also always will be that we are way TOO MANY PEOPLE….

US has 3 times India’s area and 1/4th the population, that gives them 12 times advantage off the starting block right away…..

One of the reasons why no one even talks about population bomb is because post Sanjay Gandhi’s infamous Nasbandi campaign during Emergency, Population Control has become a hugely politically incorrect word.

However, someone will have to bell the cat before it is too late

Who will?

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