At the outset, let me tell you that I feel as if I am writing one of those required writing essays in our school. Where we were eventually forced to choose between overpopulation and environment. (Remember those ink draining sheaves of paper!!) But again, this is a topic that has always been on my mind.
I have always maintained that surviving in India is tough. Need an application form, sure! But just get through the swarms of people surrounding the form counter. Want to study in a good college? Just make sure that you fight your way out of the reservations for women, caste and what not! If you qualify to be in the 1% of the unrederved quota, maybe you have a chance. Want to get into a good school, make sure the kid knows his As Bs and Cs even before he goes into the class, which is supposed to teach him exactly that!
India is an overpopulated country. Oh, don’t we know it. But I don’t think we have ever fully realized the impact of that fact. Humans are a strange species. There is inherent good in all of us, but let us not overlook the other side of the coin too. And this crush of humanity tends to bring out the worst in us.
Because we are so busy surviving in this sea of humanity, we do not have the luxury of taking a stroll through that non-existent park which was supposed to be built in our street. Where did all the greenery go! Gone, to make space for US!
I tend to think of parks as essential as malls, if not more. I want more museums, more quiet places. For what is life, if not enjoyed! And these are all needed to maintain that decorum of peace.
But,our generation cannot afford to sit back and relax. We have the responsibility of advocating literacy and spreading awareness about this epidemic.
What triggered this you ask, it is Dan Brown’s Inferno! This made me think about our current predicament.