Amit is based in Mumbai. Here he has helped us pass through the considerable hurdles and
break down barriers in order to set up our company in India, source equipment and act as IT
consultant, and as an intermediary finance director for the Company. He has been very helpful
in ensuring the continuity of the Website.
Amit is an engineering graduate from Pune University. He also heads up a successful growing IT Consultancy in Mumbai.
Amit is recently father to his first child. He has openly stated his wish to stop at one
child for demographic reasons.
This is what Amit has to say about his contribution to Population Crisis.
Working for GUTS INDIA and Population Crisis could be a challenging activity for me. However, it is also the most satisfying job at this point of time, in terms of my goals. I have always had this in my mind during my college days when I saw the number of engineering students graduating every year in India, which is an enormous figure (1.5 million engineering students every year Graduate from Indian universities). The numbers itself defined the Word as in Engineering Crisis.
When I thought about Population Crisis the first thing that came into my mind was that this was a way of making a Positive contribution to the growth and development toward our Society. I am really passionate about working with Team Population Crisis.
I always believe working for an organisation like Population Crisis requires skills like accounting, finance, research, raising funds, punctuality, teamwork, cooperation, self-belief, dedication AND finally, the most important quality of all, leadership.
As a part of this Population Crisis Team we will be making a significant contribution towards a “Better Tomorrow”, we are going to create some short videos on Population Crisis which will help to create more awareness about our campaign and our Objective of a nuclear family sized policy.
It is better than sitting at home dreaming about an ideal society you want to live in. The only way to achieve an ideal society is, to make one, by working positively towards societal development.
My name is Devesh Panwar. I originally trained as an engineer and graduated from BKBIT Pilani
in computer science and engineering, I then went on to study a Diploma in film making from
NYFA and also a Diploma in photography Shown academy.
I am passionate about my work and look forward to creating some great documentary work for Population Crisis.
I have directed many commercials, short films, music videos and feature films. As a director, I also brlieve that I hold an obligation towards society but, at the same time, holding a different viewpoint. The main reason I have a different attitude towards others is because I believe any contribution which I can make as a film director is going to have a much more lasting impact on our sociiety than other forms of media. Being a part of the theatre world, I have always wondered how I could contribute directly or indirectly to societal improvement.
Then I got the idea of a problem that is currently the biggest challenge for my country India and that is population explosion. Currently, rapid population growth is swallowing India's resources in the same way as termites swallow wood. The economic, social, geographical and cultural decline of the country is gradually happening due to population growth and overpopulation.
I remain fully committed to try and take measures to slow down or prevent this population growth and also to spread awareness about this subject.
I also have decided, for demographic reasons, to stop at one child.
OVERPOPULATION IN INDIA IS HAMPERING THE COUNTRY’S ABILITY TO HOSPITALISE ITS COVID-19 PATIENTS.
Tina Sharma wishes to remain anonymous. All I am allowed say about her is that she is the most highly trained journalist and has been longing to divulge to all of you what she thinks of the problems of overpopulation in India.
It’s March 19 2020, as a direct result of the demon Coronavirus (officially termed by WHO as Covid-19), India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi goes live on TV in order to address this nation’s billion-plus population about the gravity of this crisis.
Like most of my fellow countrymen, my eyes are glued to the TV screen. I become fully focused on what is happening as these events unfurl in front of my eyes. The seriousness of this information triggers umpteen unanswered questions in my head.
Prime Minister Modi announces that there was to be a national lockdown that was to last only 21 days.
Unfortunately, it is quite evident that the Coronavirus will be with us for many more months to come.
This same story is repeated through every country in the world, particularly in Western Europe, Brazil and the USA.
As I follow the hourly news reports we could clearly see, country after country, global government authorities issuing strict regulatory guidelines; telling their citizens to remain indoors, wear masks, maintain physical distancing and follow a strict hand-washing regime.
Nobody could have imagined what was about to happen next.Everything seemed so uncertain, chaotic and scary, particularly in a country like ours, with such a gigantic population and one, which has a high concentration of inhabitants in the major conurbations [e.g. Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata].
It seemed to me quite evident that the inexorable march of this multi-headed Coronavirus monster had indeed invaded every level of our society, that it was here to stay and that it was also intent on wreaking havoc.
I had this recurrent nightmare where this spherical shaped Coronavirus monster, with its surface covered with spikes, rolling towards me like the mythological ten-headed demon King Ravana.
India was now staring in the face of an
unprecedented crisis, the likes of which the country had never experienced before. Needless to
say, the Coronavirus is the greatest challenge that the Indian government has ever had to face
in the modern era.
The first question that I asked myself was "Do we have a sound healthcare system--supported by a large enough number of hospitals, doctors, nurses and other staff in place in order to meet the anticipated demand of such a large populous?”
The realisation that the answer to the question was a resounding "No!” sent chills down my spine. The complete inadequacy of our nation’s healthcare infrastructure in times like this heightened my worries.
Bearing in mind that the number of beds per 10,000 people is used as an indicator of health infrastructure I am going to examine the facts.
According to the Human Development Report 2020, out of 167 countries, India ranks 155th when it comes to availability of beds per 10,000 people.
The only other countries with fewer beds per 10,000 head of population than India are Uganda, Senegal, Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Nepal and Guatemala.
India’s failure to expand its health infrastructure in line with its growth in population has resulted in a severe shortage of hospital beds as well as other infrastructure necessities such as operating theatres, ICUs [intensive care units] and medical and support staff. Countries with a high “human development index” category have about 25 to 50 doctors and 25 to 35 beds per 10,000 of its population respectively.1*
In the next category down on this index indicate that the availability of beds ranges from 10 to 45 and doctors ranges from 15 to 40 per 10,000 of population respectively.
India ranks in the bottom category as it has only 5 beds and 8.6 doctors per 10,000 head of population respectively. The numbers of trained doctors in India per head of population is pitifully insufficient to meet its needs.2*
Although there is now a greater focus in India on training more doctors, this has not been matched by a concomitant increase in hospital infrastructure.
According to the latest data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), India with its 5 beds per 10,000 head of population (up from 4 beds in 2009), ranks amongst the lowest of all the OECD countries surveyed.
In contrast to the above, China has 43 hospital beds and the United States with 28 hospital beds per 10,000 people respectively.
Last year’s government data showed there were about 714,000 hospital beds in India, up from about 540,000 in 2009. This increase in bed numbers does not come anywhere near satisfying the increased demands from India’s burgeoning population.
According to India’s chronic underfunding in healthcare led to the hospitals becoming quickly overwhelmed with many people unable to gain access to hospital treatment.
The Indian government spends an estimated 1.5% of its GDP on public health, up from 1.3% in 2015 and 1% in the1980s.
Despite this increase in investment in healthcare, India still ranks among the world’s lowest in the percentage allocation of its nation’s GDP on healthcare.
It is no wonder that people are struggling to find hospital beds during this pandemic, and therefore, as the number of Covid-19 cases soared in major cities such as Mumbai and Delhi, the healthcare system ran out of beds, doctors and nurses. As the disease spreads its tentacles in every part of India the hospital resources in our cities started drying up one by one.
Recently, when one of my friends got infected with Covid-19, her family had to run from pillar to post in search of a hospital bed. In the end, she was fortunate to find a place for herself in one of the city hospitals. But then I wonder, how many people are as lucky as her?
This pandemic has certainly exposed India to be the grossly overpopulated country that it is. We have outstretched our resources and no amount of developmental advances will alleviate fast enough the poverty caused by our increasing population. The mere survival of this surplus mass of Indian humanity is hampering our progress.
As a result of advances in artificial intelligence and automation in order to manufacture the widgets of our global society the world needs less of the unspecialised labor which India has to offer.
Societal changes, access to universal broadband, and better education will help to improve the quality of life of our poorer citizens but without the “demographic dividend” India could miss out on the miraculous development seen in other parts of the world.
If we do not decrease our population, this enormous residual mass of non-productive people will always burden our society.
Surely we must greatly reduce our numbers if we are ever to attain a better quality of life for all.
Now, the challenge is up to us. We must do something about it! We must reduce our population.
SOURCES OF INFORMAITON
1* REUTERS : May 25, 2020, More Patients than beds in Mumbai as India faces surge in virus cases. Abhirup Roy Devjyot Ghoshal, Aditya Kalra
2*. Times of India: Dec 17, 2020, 5 hospital beds/10k population: India ranks 155th in 167, Rema Nagarajan.