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Hum Do, Hamare Do

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While clicking this pic in a Metro train the other day, the first phrase that came to my mind was, “Hum Do, Hamare Do,” meaning in Hindi, “We Two, Our Two.”

This slogan has, in fact, always been associated with India’s population control campaign. In 1950, India became the first country in the world to take this up as a national priority, as it was widely accepted that benefits of national planning and development will all get frittered away if we become an overcrowded nation.

Our Population Control Program has not, however, been effective enough because of illiteracy, deep rooted customs and traditions, craze for male children, and lack of awareness of importance of family planning both among the leaders and common Indians. We might soon overtake China, the world’s most populated country.

It is often said that India would not have got its cricket hero Sachin Tendulkar if his parents hadn’t decided to produce a third child.  Many politicians who should have been role models have not done any family planning either. Notable examples are Narsimha Rao (8 children) and Lalu Prasad Yadav (9 children)

But, thank God, things are changing. Soon it will be a norm to debar people from contesting for public offices if they have more than 2 children. Special schemes for parents with single girl child are already in place and girls’ education is also being given a lot of importance these days. When you educate a woman, you educate the whole family and educated people tend to take the idea of small family size a lot more seriously than the illiterate ones.

Recently, In 2002, in Haryana, this slogan was further modified to “Hum Do, Hamara Ek” (We two, Our One) and several attractive schemes were begun to make the idea of a one-child family a viable option.

Well, small is better, I think, and, yes, “Hum  Do, Hamara Ek”  is the need of the hour for this great country of ours.

Jai Hind!

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Sweet-Sour Jamun Chutney

 

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Last week, my husband brought home a big packet of jamuns (Indian Blackberry). They were quite good, but we couldn’t eat them all because jamuns have a tangy taste and tend to cause a sore throat. I didn’t want to let them sit in the fridge and rot away since jamuns have lots of health benefits. So I decided to make a chutney with it. It was the first time I made a chutney out of jamuns and it turned out to be quite tasty.

Here are the step-by-step pics.

  1. Wash the jamuns in a sieve.
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2. Peel them with a knife and remove the seeds.

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3. Add green coriander and mint (dhania and pudina leaves) after washing them properly.

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4. Add green chillies & gur.

 

 

5. Put all these ingredients into a mixie. Add salt according to taste. Add some water and grind into a paste. You will get a sweet-sour chutney just like what you see on the top….