Forget every other measure ever taken to tackle the issue of India's rising population; yoga guru Ramdev has come up with a solution — snatch voting rights and jobs from people who go for more than two children.
At an event in Aligarh on Wednesday, ANI quoted Ramdev as saying: "To control population of the country, voting rights, jobs and treatment facilities should be taken away from people who give birth to more than two children and whether they are Hindus or Muslims. Then only the population will be controlled."
While inaugurating a Patanjali Garment outlet in Aligarh, Ramdev, told reporters that such people should be denied admissions in government schools, not be allowed to contest elections, not given treatment a government hospitals and not be allowed to take government jobs.
This is not the first time Ramdev has suggested extreme steps over his concerns on India's population problem.
In November 2018, he said that people like him, who do not get married, should be accorded special honours. "In this country, those who, like me, do not marry, should be honoured, and those who marry and have more than two children, their voting rights should be taken away," he said while addressing a gathering at his 'yogpeeth' in Haridwar.
He said that while the ancient vedas allow one to have up to 10 children, it is not the right thing to practice anymore.
In April 2018, the entrepreneur, who is the face of the Patanjali empire, had attributed his success in life to bachelorhood. "I don't go around with the baggage (of having a family). I have created brands. I want to make 1,000 such brands which will make India the world's biggest economy by 2050," PTI quoted him as saying at Goa Fest..
"If I had children, they would have staked claim for Patanjali… I feel the God has saved me. I have made no mistake, or like in case of (former Uttar Pradesh chief minister) ND Tiwari, someone would come up (claiming to be his son)… You don't require wife and kids to become happy. I am always smiling," the yoga guru had said.
His comments aimed at the Muslim population had sparked a controversy in 2015. "The population of Hindus and Sikhs has declined and of a particular community increased. This imbalance could creates social, economic and political conflicts and challenges in society," India Today quoted Ramdev as saying. He had also suggested that there was "no harm" even if India adopted China's one-child policy.
Ramdev's remarks may be controversial in nature, but his concerns are justified. According to a 2015 prediction by the United Nations, India will overtake China to be the world's most populous country by 2022.
With inputs from agencies
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Updated Date: Jan 24, 2019 11:35:54 IST