Time to get back to basics in the country as a wholeNot so long ago, it was said that the population is a big plus for a country like India, when the educated huge masses of people can drive the economy. While this is true to some extent, there is another side to the whole story. Millions are added in poor families with very limited resources.
Such poor people do not understand that an extra child is a big minus. This is where the population explosion needs to be controlled. We have huge problems already. We are not able to find jobs for millions. We are so happy about contract jobs. This is a huge minus to the economy, as such people can never get any loan from any bank.
In addition, the population explosion also leads to tremendous strain on sanitation, providing pure drinking water and so on. Similarly, we need to invest heavily in information technology, to minimize the corruption everywhere. For example, the corruption in railway tickets is now near zero. We need to push for more of such innovations. We also need to give maximum importance to education and ensure that everyone gets to study at least up to the school final stage. This is more true of the Hindi belt, where the standards of education seem to be pathetic.
Let us get back to basics and then talk about "development".