Population Control- An attempt to weigh its efficiency #think_it_over Blog By Carmel Jaeslin B

Population Control- An attempt to weigh its efficiency #think_it_over Blog

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What comes up on your mind when you encounter the phrase Population Control? A very stupid question to raise, some would think, since the phrase itself suggests quite clearly. Well I am not of the habit of taking things for granted, and therefore would like to go ahead with discussing even the most mundane. So, “mostly”, a way towards sustainability, growth, eradication of poverty, solution to climate change, sterilization, contraception, are linked with ‘Population Control’, sometimes even geopolitics is. Efficiency, anyone? Didn’t it ever strike? Or did it but no one bothered enough? I wonder.

All along, the world has been trying to cope with the ever increasing population and providing it with necessary resources for survival. And has run into a conclusion that population control would be the best solution to numerous problems humanity is facing presently. Even by coercion. But mostly through propaganda. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is a forerunner of such propagation.Population, Control, attempt to weigh its efficiency, #think_it_over, Blog, By ,Carmel,Jaeslin, B

There exists this minority which believes that over-population is a myth. American social scientist, Steven Mosher is one of famous names that belong to this minority. Mosher explaines that increase in population is just a direct effect of the increse in life span of humans owing to medical advances. Increased life span results in decreased death rates. However, it is not just the death rate that has decreased but also the birth rate, and this phenomenon is what he refers to as ‘demographic transition’. Therefore, he is certain that population control is not necessary.

Well, I, am of the opinion, that views of Mosher’s and similar others are not accurate. Clearly, increasing population is not a myth. However, the thought that curbing it would be beneficial, will be one. China’s One-child policy, introduced back in 1979, phased out in 2015, is the best recent example, I could lay my hands on, supporting my claim. The policy was formulated as a measure to stabilize their steadfastly soaring population. But ended up resulting in anything but that.

Although many groups were excluded from the policy and couples were allowed to have another child, subject to exceptional circumstances, the impact was not so favourable. As a result of this policy, the nations sex ratio has been largely affected due to preference of a male child. There exists now a huge old-aged population with not many to look after them, and a dwindling work force, in addition to, hard to find a bride bachelors. Hence, the relaxation of the policy, and introduction of the new Two-child policy in 2016.

Similar is the recent population policy draft of the Assam State government in India. It pushes couples to have not more than two children, otherwise they would not be eligible for government employment. Hopefully this part of the policy gets truncated, for it includes other good aspects as well.

Dan Brown’s novel, Inferno’s plot involves the release of a virus rendering selective three-quarters of all people sterile in order to prevent further rapid population growth. Though highly improbable for reality, it offers an unsettling image (try reading it, it’s amazing!). It’s likely that the capping of births is not going to provide relief to the planet or to its residents. “Rich people have smaller families but consume more resources”. Therefore focus should be on adopting environment friendly means of lifestyle and wise usage, unbiased distribution of resources among all.

Amusing? I wonder.

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Reborn

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There are paths we tread
that dispel our gloom
cleanse our hearts
bring brightness anew
people are memories
sweet, true and gay
mistakes we made
redemption and amnesty.

Life gives us a chance
our soul is reborn
reborn to live and laugh
reborn to soar the skies.

By Rhea Singh

Scope

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They told me it is a beautiful world,
And this is a beautiful dream.
Eyes painted with hurt,
And I heard them scream.
What’s the scope?

Father tells us tales about good,
The bad were never understood.
Then I wondered why he told us about good?
When the good is so far away from where it should.
What’s the scope?

There she was,
Asking me to lend her a black dress.
Her fiancé lies in the room,
In the casket, he died a wonderful groom.
What’s the scope?

I hope they find ink somewhere to write,
To complete their incomplete stories and fights.
Because we stood together for all of them.
The achy voice and the fearful glum.
What’s the scope?

Staring at the ceiling,
Fighting with the feelings.
City imprisoned by fear so was I.
The city fell asleep crying so did I.
What’s the scope?

What’s the scope?
The hope and the faith,
The love that never fades
The time that is worth a while
To end this and wrathful night
What’s the scope?


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