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How family planning myths affect economy

The idea that government must be involved in family planning presupposes the inherent utility in having lesser population, which would presumptively put our resources to lesser strain. It is argued that since our resources are limited, the people would receive a better share of them, if lesser number were to compete for them. 
Family planning has no cultural ethos in India as newly wedded couples are typically blessed to have as many children as possible by elders. Somehow, modern thinking (western to be accurate) has led us to this ‘realisation’ that more means trouble. This informs our basic understanding of the concept of family planning and remains so entrenched and few if ever have tried to question it.
The utopian scenario that family planning aims for is a working couple with abundant resources having to spend them all on their one child as against a relatively poorer family struggling to meet ends with many children. This contrast in prospects between those who followed family p…

7 years of Blogging

Seven years ago I wrote myfirst blogpostthis day more to seize the joy of seeing my writing in digital print than any literary ambition. The irony of launching it on Valentine’s Day won't be lost on my friends – couldn’t a boring philosopher-aspirant find a better day? Nonetheless, the occasion offers an opportune time to survey my work.
Looking back atmyearliestworkswith cold blood, I can still perceive therawenthusiasmof ayoung thinkerimpelled by the desire toexpresshisdeeply considered opinionswhich deserved wider circulation. Writing is primarily an act ofego, for it presumes that someone out there might actually want to read you.
I started mostly with philosophical pieces, apart from lengthy posts on the then trendingTelangana movement conversations. Some of them appear reasonably well-argued to me even today, though wanting in many aspects. I’ve however refrained from deleting any, though I may not necessarily stand by all opinions or their articulation, because they form the…

"The Killing of an Author" by Richard Crasta : Review

Outside the fictional landscape of The Fountainhead, how would a real-life Howard Roark fare? What might be the fate of an individualistic professional who stubbornly chooses to struggle for what he believes to be true and right instead of compromising his vision and values?
The non-fictional counterpart of The Fountainhead may as well be “The Killing of an Author. In the former, the protagonist is finally rewarded with flourishing career, reputation and the leading lady. How does narrator-protagonist of the latter book do in real life?
This is a true story, and the author uses real-life names of many prominent people to retain the authenticity of the narrative.
Struggling his way through lower-middle class Mangalore family, Richard Crasta clears IAS exam only to find his calling in writing. 

Off he flies to the land of opportunities, US, where his creative wings would be at full liberty to sour unrestrained – or so he feels! It begins with what the author considers to be a fantastic…

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