Indian Government Pushes Rural Electrification For Population Control: Television As Contraception?


Television watching proposed as rural birth control measure.
Image credit:TimesOnline.

India's Health and Family Welfare Minister is pushing for a rural electrification scheme which sounds analogous to the TVA at its inception, back in the 1930's. But, India's proposed program uses a weird promotional angle: it's presented with population control as a major benefit. TimesOnline reports: "If there is electricity in every village, then people will watch TV till late at night and then fall asleep. They won't get a chance to produce children," Mr Azad said." The rationale sounds ill conceived (pun intended).

What will stop people from renting adult videos? If the ads are long enough and the show has a slow plot segment, viewers might be able to multi-task sufficiently to keep the birth rates up.And then there is the matter of the carbon footprint of all the coal-fired generators needed to provide enough of those vital juices to keep the TV on.

I'm holding off on jokes about "bad reception" and, for now, am classifying this idea as Un-TreeHugger. Anyone else see it differently?

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