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Biju Babu Pioneered For Population Explosion Control, Decades-Old Issue That Cuts Across Religious Divide

15/07/2021 at 3:50 PM

By DN Singh   

There is a raging debate following the proposals of the Uttar Pradesh government for proposed legislation on population control. But, it is yet to be known why the row over the issue?

Elections are different things than any other deliberations but, let’s use a throwback of the memory.

It is not the case in UP but the population explosion concerns date back to decades and if one can recollect even when songs in films in the early 70s were made with fitting lyrical accuracy on the topic at creating awareness.

‘Hum Do, Hamare Do’

Playback singer Mohammed Rafi’s lines were making rounds then and the official sloganeering also pasted on million walls read “ Hum Do, Humare Do”.

If one can remember well, way back, when the then  chief minister of Odisha, late Biju Patnaik, a visionary had stated in the state assembly that, this country has the biggest threat from population explosion.

He was so deeply concerned that he got emotional to say that, those who do not abide by the call for family planning, Patnaik had even sounded warnings of harsher recourse, although he was a strong opponent of anything to be done under coercion.

Subsequently, many governments followed suit, pleaded for it, and a sustained campaign nationwide continued for years and years.

And such a call by any government should not be viewed in isolation except the matter that UP goes for polls two years hence. 

Religions alone do not determine the population growth but, it is the economic, rural-urban, and educational divides, those aspects cannot be ignored.  They play a big role.

Hence, outrightly linking  it to the issue of Hindutva seems to be a bit in haste. This is usual that in India both the  communities have remained critical of each others’ narratives on this and taking advantage of the situations, so many fringe groups indulge in the propaganda of divide on any issue and on the issue of polygamy also.

Aim At Population Balance

But, surprisingly, polygamy is practised by all, and no one intends to bracket any one community for that.

Whereas,  Uttar Pradesh chief minister, Yogi Adityanath, himself  has never stated anything in specific as being debated by the politicians opposed to him.

He only said that the two-child policy is aimed at ensuring “There is a population balance among various communities”.

Certain observations based on specific national data indicates that it is time, wherever, but there should be close scrutiny or combing on areas and identify such families and ask them for mandatory control, regardless of whichever community they belong to. 

About the Author:

DN Singh is a Bhubaneswar-based senior journalist.


This is the personal opinion of the author. The views expressed in this write up have nothing to do with the www.prameyanews.com

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