Demography should be maintained

Kashmir Times. Dated: 3/12/2019 11:09:04 AM

Dear Editor,
It is indeed unfortunate that the communities which have contributed maximum to the nation in many aspects are fast losing their share in population of India. Till now country was worried on fast diminishing population of Parsi community which is considered to be most talented in every aspect of life. Most admiring feature of Parsi culture is to live for the society and not for themselves.
But now disturbing aspect of fast diminishing share of Jain population in the country has emerged whose share in population has declined to 0.37 percent in 2011-census as compared to 0.40 percent in 2001-census with fertility rate of just 1.2 against replacement rate of 2.1. This vegetarian community is the flag-bearer of nicest ancient Indian traditions in terms of religion, talent and tax-contributor. Selfless society has in recent past has witnessed many ultra-talented youth and rich families leaving all worldly pleasure to adopt spiritualism which otherwise also is holy part of Jainism.
On the contrary, there are elements which are engaged in disproportionate increase of population of a particular community to increase population-share of that community in a superfast manner thus changing demography of the nation. Effective measures should be taken to maintain demography of the nation by enforcing compulsion of two-child norm by providing all government-provided benefits including subsidies, reservation, medical-facilities etc only for families with upto two children. Compulsory sterilisation of every woman after birth of third child may be there in private and government hospitals.
However exemption may be for communities with fertility-rate not maintained with replacement-rate like for Parsi and Jain community.
—Subhash Chandra Agrawal,
1775 Kucha Lattushah
Dariba, Chandni Chowk Delhi.



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