India plans on reducing its rapidly expanding population by providing electricity and television to its rural and poor areas. People will watch TV, instead of making love – instead of making babies. “80% of the population growth can be reduced through television,” claims Ghulam Nabi Azad, the Health and Family Welfare Minister.
Did the Minister not think that perhaps free birth control might prove useful in reducing birth rates?
And what about … education?
Studies from the CDC and from the United Nations show that when women are educated, they are empowered, autonomous – and birth rates decline. And in general, isn’t a literate and educated population of women good for society as a whole?
Of course, India believes the night-time TV will perhaps be enlightening and of some educational value.
Now what are the odds of that?