Continuing with bursting the bubble on “we’re already at the brink,” this is part 2 in this series of population articles. Part 1, where we already addressed myths of India already having an overall high population number, and high population density can be found here: Over-population-is-good-for-india-and-indian-society.
Myth 3: India cannot feed its population if this population growth continues
This is a myth which has been propagated right from the time of the British, which their brown sahibs, the Indian National Congress party and its ideological cousins, the commies have projected fully onto the Indian population. India once was a country which was world renowned for manufacturing and export of fabrics & clothes, enjoying patronage from times of Greeks till even the 16th century. Such a feat was made possible because the Indian population was well fed, and had enough spare land to cultivate cotton and weave them into a variety of fabrics & clothes for exports. India subsequently under the Raj was reduced to a country of mass starvation, because of the forced cultivation of indigo, tobacco, opium etc. by the British over the food cultivation. To hide the genocide the British engineered on Indian peasants for their greed, the British blamed the over population of India and how Indian famine is due to Indian population being too high. Please take a note, even with famines resulting in millions of deaths, British didn’t stop the export of food grains out of India. Now, in place of the British, we have the mentally colonized brown sahibs from Congress and Communists, who peddle the same lies for starvation in India. They say there’s a lack of land and overpopulation instead of addressing the actual reasons – the virtual absence of social mobility for the Indian farmers, largely due to over regulation of the business sector and industrial sector.
A fair few of the well-heeled in India, who would like to invest in industries or business, they don’t even try to venture into the business world. They are to a large extent put off by the gargantuan amount of regulations, with varying complexities, all of which they have to tackle in order to become successful. In states where the Communists flex muscle, like West Bengal and Kerala, labor unions have scared most investors away with their politicking. This has reduced the population in those particular states to earn their wealth serving either other Indians, or, serving others outside India, where conditions vary from good to plain atrocious. Many of the working class, they have to contend with conditions worse than they had in India itself. Many a videos of workers whose passports are snatched away, food rationed, residing in poor living quarters can be found online to substantiate this. Despite all this, the political leadership espouses virtues of communism/ socialism, while the natives of the land are away from their homeland, with almost nonexistent rights available to them in the countries they work. Scarily enough, real trouble runs even deeper. Since most business sectors and industrial sectors are over regulated, it reduces the incentive for private companies to invest. As a consequence, many jobs which would otherwise be created, they don’t end up anywhere but the drawing board. The farmers, who as it is are not able to make their ends meet, they find themselves unable to switch to something else even if their life depended on it. To add insult to injury, they put in place laws restricting usage, essentially making it illegal to use agricultural land for any other purpose than agriculture. This means a farmer won’t be able to sell his land to a real estate developer/ industrialist, who are likely to provide far bigger compensation for the land, than would another farmer. The farmers in effect have no choice and are somewhat forced to work in farming sector, whether he is able to meet his ends from farming or not. This is why many of the farmers live in abject poverty, often propped only by welfare measures of the brown saheb regimes, whose very policies cursed them to this position in the first place. Many people have apprehension about farmland being developed into real estate, but that is to forget that not all such land was farmland to begin with. In fact, there is more farmland in India today than there was in 1947. So we can safely say protecting the present farmlands is not the only way to increase area under cultivation. The crushing pressure which is but the result of it all, leads many to take their own lives which is a matter of national shame.
An area where Indian agriculture could certainly improve is production from present area under cultivation. Small farmers in India are mostly poor, and are not in any position to adopt massive scale modern technology like tractors, harvesters, improved hybrid seed varieties, improved irrigation techniques etc. In short, most of them are somewhat stuck with their unproductive and unscientific methods of farming for life. It is worth noting that till 18th century, this was the case for all the countries in the world. However, the developed nations of the west today were able to change the system by following exactly the opposite of what the Congress & Communist ideologues have done – that is to encourage people out of agriculture into more productive fields, like services sector and industrial sector. It is worth noting, that none of the industrialized and developed countries of the west presently have agriculture employing more than 5% of the population. The percentage of population employed in agriculture is about 8% for Japan, 5% for USA, 2% for UK, 3% for France etc. Since in those countries, farmers own large quantities of land, they can afford to adopt newer more productive technologies into agriculture easier and faster and lead their lives comfortably from farming, simply through economies of scale. For example, if there are two farmers, A and B, with A having 20 acres of land and B having 1 acre of land for farming. Even if A only gets Rs.500 per month per acre as opposed to B’s Rs.1000 per month per acre, A will get a net income of Rs.10,000 per month from his 20 acre land as opposed to B’s income of Rs.1000 per month from 1 acre land. Not easy to comprehend that A will be living a good life style, and B will be living a poverty stricken one. The latter is the story of majority of the Indian farmers today.
So why is it all relevant to the discussion of overpopulation in India? Contrary to popular belief, India actually has a lot more land per capita for farming, much higher quality of land for farming. Indian lands can be farmed all through the year, unlike the western farms which can only be farmed during summer, thanks to excellent Indian climate. For example, Japan, South Korea, UK, Italy, France, Belgium etc. all have lower per capita farmland than India. Even China has a lower per capita farmland than India, but many people mistakenly believe that china has more farmland due to its size. But majority of China’s land is deserts like Tibetan plateau and Gobi desert and jungles. Believe it or not, Indian per capita farmland is 50% more than that of China’s per capita farmland. India actually has a far higher area under cultivation than China. However, Indian agricultural outputs are actually lower than that of China, even though Chinese agricultural outputs are nowhere near as high as most western countries or Japanese agricultural output. Based on all this, one can conclusively say that the problem of Indian agriculture is using outdated techniques for cultivation, irrigation etc. and not a problem of lack of arable land.
Today, India is food secure, unlike the India of 1947. This idea of population not being fed properly comes from now discredited idea of Malthusian view of population and economics, which postulated that population growth cannot be matched by food production, which erroneously matched population growth model of future with the agricultural output and techniques available then, that is the 18th century. If India can get rid of pathological legislations and labor laws and licenses, the output of Indian farms can more than quadruple. “Too good to be true”, you say? Consider that average Indian yield per hectare for most food crops is only 1/4th that of the developed countries, so this is but easily achievable. Even with present day technology, India can sustain a population 3 times higher, let alone what the future technologies can bring to agriculture. Think about it, with GMOs, & other research presently underway, the production can only improve. All in all, the statement that India cannot support a high population is a myth, which is not grounded in fact or logic, but is propaganda propounded by Congress & Communist ideologues who gave rise to many problems we face today. You can find the per capita Arable land figure for India here: http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Agriculture/Arable-land/Hectares-per-capita#amount. Note that India has the 109th position in the ranking when it comes to low land per hectare, meaning there are 108 countries in the list which have lower per capita land than India. Also to be noted is that the per capita arable land for India is 0.129 which is the same as that of the 20 times richer Western Europe, which nobody in their right mind calls over populated.
Myth 4: India is water starved and Indian population can’t sustain itself due to lack of water
Here is the list of countries of the world and their “Renewable” water availability per capita: http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/ER.H2O.INTR.PC?year_high_desc=false. In this list, we can see Israel (whose per capita renewable water availability is 4 times lower than that of India), Egypt, Hungary, Denmark, Belgium ( EU headquarters which wants more population to sustain its demography) are some of the countries which have poorer water availability than India. While countries like Germany, South Korea, Czech Republic etc. have similar per capita water level of India, and yet nobody thinks of these countries as water starved. The water problem in India is not because of the lack of water sources, but rather lack of proper management of existing water sources. This needs proper management of our resources and not reduction of our population. Also, do note that water availability for most of the population of India as a percentage of population, it has actually increased in the recent years than decrease with increase in population. This increase is a direct result of better management of the available water resources. This is not even taking into account the massive potential saltwater desalination plants have in water management. In fact, Israel, which has only 1/4th the Water availability of India, has a TFR of 3 as opposed to Indian TFR of 2.3 which is already below natural replacement rate for many of the regions.
For all the useless platitudes which are passed around, a result of perverse sense of enemy of my enemy mentality, Hindu RW sure doesn’t want to learn anything useful for their survival from Israel. The Israeli TFR is maintained high at the encouragement of their state, and their population has a good demographic base for their survival against their surrounding enemies. In face of this, Hindu RW is pretty happy adopting liberal memes which will kill them demographically, a slow, but inevitable death. The self-appointed Hindu thekedars, i.e. BJP/ RSS, presently in power in Assam for instance, is planning to pass a law forbidding people having more than 2 children from holding government offices (also MP). Since a large part of bureaucracy is formed by Hindus, is it a step in right direction? Compare that with the way Israeli government (which is supposedly secularist if one believes the right wing nutters of western media) encourages its Jewish citizens to have more children. In the next and final part of this series, we will take a look at one of the biggest myths thrown in our face, myth that unemployment will increase with rise in population numbers.