I've been a little concerned about India's fast-growing population, now at 1.2 billion, but I recently came across an article that has put me at ease. The article, from the London Times, describes Ghulam Nabi Azad's plan to curb population growth. Azad is the new Health and Family Welfare Minister.
“If there is electricity in every village, then people will watch TV till late at night and then fall asleep. They won’t get a chance to produce children,” Ghulam Nabi Azad said. “When there is no electricity there is nothing else to do but produce babies.” [Link]
Yes, that's what we do in my household whenever there's a power outage. Other people search for candles, I search for condoms.
Actually, I never use them, which may explain why I have three children. I'd have a lot more, but the power doesn't go out that much.
“Don’t think that I am saying this in a lighter vein,” Azad added. “I am serious. TV will have a great impact. It’s a great medium to tackle the problem . . . 80 percent of population growth can be reduced through TV.” [Link]
What about the other 20 percent? Well, that can probably be reduced through the Internet.
The minister called on India’s television channels to provide high-quality
programmes, arguing that enticing content would offer alternative late-night
Yes, it's important to have entertaining shows at night, especially on weekends. I mean, if it wasn't for Saturday Night Live, I'd probably have 12 children.