The depopulation crisis is real in India too
By Suchindra Chandrahas, in reference to:
"Will China's and
India's populations outgrow their capabilities? — Comparing population
trends in China and India to those in Canada and Germany."
suchindra chandrahas wrote:
I must accept that you people have done more
research on Indian population trends than we Indians have done! Well, what you say
is correct. Particularly
the graphs section and the discussion.
The most noticeable problems Indians are facing "right now" are :
- The lack of care for elderly (either from the young, or from
government; to a large extent feminism is responsible for that)
- The increasing male unemployment rate and increasing female
employment rate (particularly for their first jobs after studies).
You seldom find men getting placed well in their first jobs, whereas
it is the opposite for women. Men often have to fight out from low
paying jobs, and finally end up getting decently paying jobs in 4-5
years (on an average, as I have observed among our friends), whereas
it is different in the case of women. Women usually get recruited
for decent paying jobs via a very biased "campus selection" in
colleges. That has been noticed by many students in different
universities, though a lot of work has been done by the media to
hide the fact.
- Increasing tendency among couples not to have
children these days. Having seen the fate of their elderly
counterparts, they usually decide not to have children.
- Clearly evident increase in difficulty to raise families these
days, as compared to earlier (at least 10 years ago).
- Clearly evident increase in difficulty to meet the basic needs
of individuals (or families) these days, as compared to what it was
at least 10 years ago. [See note]
For example, I have been brought up in a proper family
atmosphere. My mother played a very important role in running the
family, though she had many differences with my father. She used to
take care of each and every thing starting, from household items to
taxes. Running a family was very easy for my father, because all
that he had to do was to just earn money from his job. Also,
the inflation was not so high, so my education and that of my
brothers went very cheap as compared to today's rates. My education
(Bachelor of Engineering), for example, took Rs 6,000 /year in
1996-2000, whereas now the same degree would cost (Rs 37,000 /year)
from the same university (remember, here too girls get free
education until school completion).
- Increasing number of children being separated from their
families at very young age (particularly men), in search of jobs,
causing more stressed lives
- Finally, the big devil - MEDIA. One very interesting process
that has started here is that there is a very clear dividing line
(very clear - I mean it), between individuals (and families) who are
"bothered" about what is being said in the biased news channels, and
those who are not the least bothered. Generally, people from
the higher income class are more avid TV watchers and news listeners
than those from lower income classes. Those who have seen the
face of the problem and know the media for what it is usually just
follow what Gandhi said long back, namely - See no evil, Hear no
evil and Speak no evil. Yes he was right, very right.
Action is more important than botheration and talk. I learnt it from
your website too. Thanks for the information.
If you would like to discuss those issues with Suchindra Chandrahas,
My Note (WHS):
I am a conservative and neither Marxist nor communist, but just
yesterday I ran across a statement from a Marxist source in India that
illustrates the trend of the increasing difficulty for poor families in
India to meet the basic necessities of life. From that source:
....at the end of the decade, in 1999-2000, 74.5 percent of the
rural population was poor, precisely in the sense that the rural
poor are officially defined, viz. with a calorie intake of less than
2400 per person per day. (This figure is arrived at without making
any adjustments to the “contaminated” NSS data; adjustments would
raise it farther). In 1973-74 the corresponding figure was 56.4
percent. Rural poverty, in the strict sense defined by the central
government itself, appears to have increased, or at the very least
not declined, despite the significant acceleration in growth rate.
(The decline shown by the Planning Commission is methodologically
faulty: it updates a “poverty line” by using the Consumer Price
Index for Agricultural Labourers which only partially covers the
consumption basket of the labourers).
BACKGROUND NOTE ON THE APPROACH PAPER TO THE ELEVENTH FIVE YEAR PLAN;
People's Democracy, Vol. XXX, No. 29, July 16, 2006
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