India’s population has little space – Maria Wirth

Maria Wirth“Is it not time to give those, who were brainwashed into obnoxious dogmas, a chance to become free? From my own experience, it was a big relief when I lost faith in the unverifiable Christian dogmas. And I am not alone. Millions lost this faith. Priests in Europe don’t dare any more to preach that ‘heathens go to hell’ though it is still the official Christian doctrine. … In India, priests still dare to preach it and, as I just read, even an IAS officer in Tamil Nadu dares to rant against idol worshipping Hindus.” – Maria Wirth

Local train in UP IndiaIt seems to be still undecided whether India’s huge population of presently 1270 million is a boon or bane. Occasionally one hears that the number of children should be restricted. Then one hears that it is an advantage that India has so many, especially young people. What is the truth?

For the common man, the experience is that there are crowds wherever he goes – in hospitals, to get admission in schools or colleges, on roads, in railway station, in pilgrimage centres, even in prisons. The infrastructure is clearly stretched to its limits and the competition for jobs and seats in educational institutions is unbelievable.

Yet Indians seem to be still relaxed, as China has even more people. Only in 2030, India is set to take the number one position as the most populous country in the world. On the third position is USA with 315 million, then Indonesia with around 250, and so on.

However, the media and even research papers usually don’t mention an important fact when they compare India’s population with that of other countries: the area available for the residents.

India Population Density MapEveryone in India knows from direct experience that the country is densely populated. But only few know how the population density of India relates to that of other countries. Here are some figures (partly from 2010) that will shock:

China is three times the size of India. So if it had the same population density as India, it would have a population of 3.700 million instead of 1.330. The USA, about the same size as China, also would have 3.700 million inhabitants instead of mere 315 million. Australia would have 3.000 million instead of only 20 million. Kazakhstan would have around 1.000 million instead of only 15. Mongolia would have 600 million instead of the unbelievably low 3 million. Indonesia would have 720 instead of 250 million. Russia would take the cake. If it was as densely populated as India, it would harbour 6.130 million, instead of hardly 150 million. Of course, Russia has many inhabitable places. So let’s go to Europe.

The 27 countries of the EU have around 500 million people. They would have 1600 million, if the EU were as densely populated as India. Germany would have 140 million instead of the present 81. United Kingdom would have 95 million instead of 62. Italy would have 110 million instead of 58. France would have 200 instead of 62 million… It is mind-boggling. Imagine what would happen, if all the French people moved into Germany to reach 140 million. There would be a big revolt.

Compare this to India’s Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. These two states, which are among the densest populated in India, have an area that is a little smaller than Germany. However, instead of 81 million, over 300 million people live in those two states, plus tigers, leopards, elephants, monkeys, etc. Germany would not only need to accommodate the whole population of France, but also that of Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. This situation is inconceivable. People would be at each other’s throat.

It is intriguing why world population reports generally focus on the high population growth in Africa, and overlook the incredible density of today’s India, which is getting denser and denser each day.

In Africa, 1.110 million people live in an area that is around ten times the size of India. That means, if the whole world population of 7 billion moves to Africa, there is still place for another 5 billion, till people were packed as tightly as they are in India today. Even if the countries in northern Africa are excluded and only the area south of the Sahara is considered, there is place for the whole world population plus an extra 3 billion.

Victoria & African ChiefAre these facts purposely obfuscated? Are the white “liberals” in the US, Canada, Australia and South America worried that they will be questioned on what basis their countries refuse entry to people from other nations when they themselves had taken over these vast lands and their mineral wealth unjustly only a few centuries ago and had pushed the indigenous population into a corner or killed them?

Maybe they need not fear these questions – at least not yet – from Indians. ‘Overcrowded’ is a relative term. Most westerners have a low threshold in tolerating many others around. It affects their mood badly. “Hell is other people” Jean Paul Satre, a French philosopher famously said.

Indians have a different mind-set. They feel that each creature – human or animal – has an equal right to be on this earth. They adjust to a given situation. It does not seem to make them unhappy. The unbelievable crowds at the Kumbha Mela are proof. They are energising. There is colour and vibrancy to life. There is a joyful, uplifting atmosphere. People are good-natured and helpful to each other.

Those qualities are probably the key: as long as people are good-natured and helpful to each other, living closely together is no problem and even enriching, provided the availability of food, jobs and infra-structure can keep up with the population.

And if people are not good-natured and helpful, life is depressing even if everyone lives in a spacious bungalow.

This brings up the question, “Are Indians good-natured?” They generally are, and probably more than other people. There are few countries where the attitude of “live and let live” is as pronounced as in India. “All are one family” is the traditional attitude.

No Idols!Of course in India, too, there are criminals who are hard to reform. India, however, faces also danger from religious fanatics. Many Indians have been converted to Islam and Christianity, and they are taught to feel superior and look down on Hindus and on their own ancestors as well. Both these religions condemn harshly “idol worship”. They consider it an unpardonable affront to the “true God”. Idol worshippers will burn eternally in hell-fire, claim Bible and Quran.

In the Indian tradition, among other methods, murtis are worshipped as a representation of the Divine. And it makes sense: the creative power of the universe naturally has to sustain each part, from the sun to mosquitos, to human beings and to stones. Everything is permeated by the one divine consciousness. So, the Divine can be invoked and worshipped in any part. If only the dogmatic religions were open for a genuine debate and ready to experiment, even they would realise that murti puja can help develop love for the Divine.

Fundamentalism has been rising in the dogmatic religions in recent years and there is the danger, as it happened earlier in Indian history, even as late as in 1990 in Kashmir, that a call is given to the “despicable idol-worshipping” Hindus to convert or else they will gravely suffer. We know it is possible even in our times.

Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels QuotationHowever, in tune with the financial and political clout of the dogmatic religions, the impression is created, as if the Hindus are the dangerous fundamentalists that threaten the peaceful fabric of India. The Indian and international media push this line with amazing success – proving Goebbels right. “Militant, fundamentalist Hindus” are blasted without mentioning that the fundamentals of Hindu Dharma are benign, unlike those of the dogmatic religions. Truth is turned on its head.

It is a challenge to start a genuine debate on truth and the role of religions, and make those Indians, who follow dogmatic religions, realise that they have been misled: demeaning or even harming fellow human beings will never get them heaven or paradise. It simply cannot be. There will be a rude awakening. Whether one is reborn does not depend on whether one believes in it.

The source of all life is naturally like a mother. She is loving and won’t forsake her offspring. It is absurd to believe that billions or trillions of human beings will burn for ever in a huge cauldron of fire after Judgment Day, if this day ever comes.

Christianity started propagating this absurd claim and Islam obviously found it useful, too. It is useful for frightening simple-minded people into submission to an ideology that wants to expand all over the globe. Two such ideologies compete today under the tag of religion for world dominion and both consider India as a fertile ground to increase their numbers.

IAS officer C. UmashankarIs it not time to give those, who were brainwashed into obnoxious dogmas, a chance to become free? From my own experience, it was a big relief when I lost faith in the unverifiable Christian dogmas. And I am not alone. Millions lost this faith. Priests in Europe don’t dare any more to preach that “heathen go to hell” though it is still the official Christian doctrine. They know they would lose even more of their sheep. In India, priests still dare to preach it and, as I just read, even an IAS officer in Tamil Nadu dares to rant against idol worshipping Hindus.

The majority of Indians has an exceptionally tolerant mind-set. This majority may include many of the converts who have not cut their roots but, because of community pressure, do not openly express their doubts about the dogmas they are supposed to believe. The atmosphere in India is still special. Faith in the Divine comes naturally to all Indians. If there is a country that can show to the world how a big number of people can live together in peace and harmony on little space, and even have room for tigers and leopards, it is India.

However, India cannot afford in her midst youth being brainwashed into hating their fellow countrymen, because they call the Divine by another name and use other methods Hellfor worship. This would lead to disaster. Unfortunately, the clerics of both dogmatic religions do incite their flock to look down on Hindus, if not worse. ‘Hell is guaranteed for them, if they don’t convert’, is propagated. It is probably the biggest, most harmful superstition and certainly against any scientific temper that Indians are meant to develop. Curiously, I never heard rationalists take up this issue.

The clerics should be asked to give proof that Hindus will burn in hell. If they can’t – and they cannot – they should drop this claim and appreciate the Rishis’ observation: Truth is one – the wise call it by many names.

Let the Highest be worshipped under many names but acknowledge that Truth is One and it is too big to fit into any book.

Is it asking for too much?

Population trends for major religious groups in India (1951–2011)

3 Responses

  1. yes , respected madame ,
    it IS asking for too much ,
    from small brains , of course !
    as you are very well aware , certain people are born with samskaras that make them unable to see or seek truth !

    i very much enjoyed this article of yours ;
    your view — that the numbers don’t matter , but the nature and attitude of people matter , for cohabiting the earth peacefully — is simply beautiful !

    i quote you :
    ” There are few countries where the attitude of “live and let live” is as pronounced as in India.”

    every article of yours is a personification of your intense love for this Holy Land and this Eternal Dharma ;

    thank you , thank you very much , resp. madame !


  2. Letter to the TN Chief Secretary seeking dismissal of IAS officer C. Umashankar – Radha Rajan & Uma Anandan – IndiaFacts – 28 January 2015

    The following is the letter that Radha Rajan and her associate Uma Anandan wrote to the Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary, Home Secretary, and Director-General of Police.

    Radha Rajan,
    [address redacted]
    Ph. [removed]
    Email: [removed]
    Uma Anandan,
    [address removed]
    Mobile: [removed]
    Email: [removed]

    Sub: Umashankar IAS must be dismissed and prosecuted under the law

    Respected Mr. Chief Secretary, Mr. Home Secretary, Mr. Director-General of Police, Namaskar.

    Smt. Uma Anandan and I wish to place on record our deepest gratitude to Mr. Chief Secretary for issuing notice to Umashankar IAS to desist from undertaking Christian missionary work on the grounds this is conduct unbecoming of a serving IAS officer.

    This man when he was Chairman Co-optex removed all pictures of Hindu gods from the office claiming secularism the convenient fig-leaf of all charlatans doing politics of minority-ism. Mr. Chief Secretary, Umashankar is supposed to have said that the Indian Constitution gives religious minorities then right to preach and propagate their religion. This Sir, is only half the truth. The other half of the truth was pronounced by the Supreme Court in the Rev Stanislaus vs Madhya Pradesh, 1977 SCR (2) 611 case when it observed that to propagate does not include proselytising and religious conversion.

    Umashankar hiding behind the Constitution says he is free to preach and propagate and how people receive it is their business. Umashankar also claims he is a Hindu by birth and a Christian by faith which is an onion that when pealed has no meaning. People who are born Hindus have been converted by lure of money, bribes, inducements and also by the sword in different periods of history. If he is a Christian “by faith” he is a Christian who because he belongs to the Pallar community hid his caste submitted a fake certificate and exhorted other Dalit Christians also to do the same.

    Uma shankar is a fraudster who despite being a Christian failed to legalise his practicing the Christian religion simply to avail of benefits given by the state to Hindu scheduled castes. Umashankar was dismissed from the services for submitting a fake certificate to join the IAS, for fraud.

    When reinstated in September 2010, he told the media, “All my 11 siblings have all along remained Hindus. But my mother named me Ashok and got it recorded in my SSLC book that I was a Christian Pallar. My father was agitated over that and there used to be a lot of violence at home. Finally, when I was doing my final year in college, my father got me officially converted to Hinduism, changed my name to Uma Shankar and also got it notified in the government gazette.” He added, “My community certificate was verified by state government officials twice, based on a request from the Union Public Service Commission in 1990. On the government’s instruction, the Tirunelveli collector had once again summoned me for yet another inquiry about the community certificate, but the state government has no locus standi to initiate such an inquiry when my employer was the UPSC or the central government. Let me make it clear now. For the past two years, I am a practising Christian. However, I have not changed my religion legally.”

    Speaking to the media in Tirunelveli on 21 September 2010 on the issue of reservation for dalit Christians, he advised Hindu Dalits to convert to Christianity personally and remain as Hindus officially (legally), to enjoy reservation benefits. “I have been a Christian for the past two years. However, while joining the service, I was a dalit Hindu,” he boasted. He urged the dalits to go out of the Hindu fold, that “promotes untouchability”, but be careful not to mention this in their certificates. “Be baptised but don’t get the certificate. Go to churches of your choice but don’t sign in the church records.” Mr. Umashankar called for a constitutional amendment to extend benefits to dalits Christians.

    As the two attachments which I append with this mail attest, Umashankar is a snake-oil salesman, a religious charlatan who wants people to convert to Christianity with the threat that the Christian God sent tsunami upon the world as punishment for worshiping false gods.

    Umashankar not only must be dismissed from the services for his threat and for his religious view but also thrown in prison for asserting by implication that Hindus worship”false gods”. Hindus cannot be blamed for protesting against this charlatan. To avert any further worsening of law and order situation in TN, we the undersigned request Mr. Chief Secretary to place a gag order against Umashankar, and if he fails to adhere to the notification, to be dismissed from service and prosecuted under the law for insulting the religious sentiments of Hindus.

    Yours truly,

    Radha Rajan, Author, Political Analyst & Animal activist

    Uma Anandan, Activist.

    28th January, 2015


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