30 August 2006

Our pledge is sheer genius

Just like in many countries, in India there's a national pledge that all schoolchildren are taught. It goes something like this:

India is my country and all Indians are my brothers and sisters....(blah blah blah)... In their well being and prosperity alone, lies my happiness.
When I was in school and had to say this every day, I had a problem with the first line. As you can see, if all Indians were my brothers and sisters, then I couldn't marry any of them. Later on, however, I realised that this line is sheer genius. Nehru and gang had figured out that each Indian wanted a lot of kids. This would lead to a population explosion that would outpace any development the country would have. If all Indians truly believed in the pledge, they could only marry non-Indians, resulting in fewer marriages (and probably fewer kids as most of those marriages would long-distance affairs). Also they would have found lots of people from neighbouring countries, resulting in complete peace in South Asia... after all you're not likely to want to fight your uncles and take their land when it would just pass on to you based on inheritance in a few years.

Unfortunately most Indian parents disagreed with this and got their kids married off to their childhood friends' kids, resulting in a population going from 330 million to 1100 million in 60 years. If only our grandparents had followed the national pledge we would be some majorly exotic people who looked like Lisa Ray and probably not be fighting wars all over the place.

9 comments:

Rose said...

GOD!!!! You REALLY are fifteen...

:D

..Me

Amrita said...

Ditto!

;)

Seriously convoluted logic there Mos!

Mosilager said...

Science does teach you some majorly convoluted logic :)

Actually I had written this in response to the requirement of vande mataram to be sung in schools. Apparently people who don't want to sing it for whatever reason are being labeled unpatriotic and non-Indian and so on. I was just wondering if my refusal to say that all Indians are my brothers and sisters would also qualify me to be non-patriotic and unIndian.

Incidentally the muslim side to the vande mataram issue is here.

video said...

Ha ha. Too bad his stroke of genius dint work.

Sreekumar said...

Talk about inbreeding!
BTW my quals are over and I pass! Yipee!

Mosilager said...

thanks video and sree :) and congratulations on the quals sree.

Crizzie Criz! said...

Nopes man, its not about the license fiasco.
its the Asian Games, its the office pressures, its the realization that my mind aint completely in what i write...
Will take time to clear things up a bit so that words flow once again without constraints.
thanks for the comment anyway, i had a genuine smile on my lips when i read that, hehe!

video said...

You've been tagged!

Mosilager said...

Tagged yet again! Hey this one sounds like fun. thanks.