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Managing Immigrants

Africans

Ever since CAB (Citizenship Amendment Bill) turned into CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act), India has erupted into waves of protests followed by brutal police action. A lot of innocent lives have been lost and public property worth several crores of Rupees has got damaged, which is very tragic and unfortunate. God knows when and how it will end.

There is nothing wrong with having a national population register, as in US, and deporting outsiders living illegally in the country. But making a national policy of granting citizenship to only non-muslims is as good as promoting Hindutva and goes against the basic character of our constitution.

And while the police remains preoccupied with controlling thousands of vociferous protesters, another set of population, the Africans, appears to be quietly increasing in numbers in every nook and corner of Delhi and other cities. Unlike people from neighbouring countries such as Pakistanis, Afghans, Bangladeshis, Srilankans, and Nepalis, many of whom have been smuggled in by local politicians to create vote banks, Africans look conspicuously different from the local population, so they are easily identifiable. See the photo on the top and you will understand.

Again, unlike other Asian immigrants who integrate easily with the locals, Africans keep to themselves and are not engaged, generally speaking, in legitimate jobs. So you wonder where their money for daily existence comes from.

Each time a major drugs or human traffickingcase comes to light, you invariably hear about involvement of some of them. I don’t mean to sound racist, but this is our bitter reality.

Instead of catching the real culprits, the outsiders disturbing our peace and stability, the police is compelled to train their guns and lathis on the innocent, well-meaning citizens of the country.

USA has a strict policy on illegal residents and preventing them from creating law and order problems. They do not discriminate on the basis of cast, creed, and religion and they enforce their immigration laws with great efficiency.

Let’s hope our political parties offer better options in the next lok sabha elections.

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!