The world has made a tremendous leap forward. A small machine can do more work than one thousand people. And the special thing about a machine is that it doesn’t get tired. It doesn’t have to change shifts. It can go on working around the clock. And the even more special thing about a machine is that it doesn’t die. If any part stops functioning, it can be replaced.
But Gandhi was stubborn. And his disciples in whose hands this country has remained for the forty years since Independence don’t even have enough guts to admit that now that Gandhi himself is gone, it is essential to say goodbye to this childish vision of his as well.
The first thing is that this country has to be developed with the greatest, newest technology and technical knowledge – which is not difficult, which is very easy. But the dilemma is that if Mahatma Gandhi is worshipped then it is very difficult to bring technology into this country.
When Gandhi died, the population of this country was already four hundred million. This population situation has only gone on worsening day by day. But even with this emergency situation, no mother’s son dares to make it clear to the nation that you cannot control the population of this country through celibacy.
On one side there is a lack of technology which is like having your hands tied, and on the other side is the population explosion, which is a harbinger of death. Those who are specialists in population growth and calculations have had the idea that by the end of this century the population of India will be one billion. But the latest research says that it will be 1.8 billion, not just one billion. In a country that has already been suffering hunger and difficulty from having a population of four hundred million, you can very well imagine that a population of 1.8 billion will be an open invitation to death. But the politician cannot say this. Even if he knows about it, he cannot say it. A politician has to cover himself with masks – mask upon mask upon mask – because, he cannot touch any of the beliefs of the people from whom he has to get votes.
For centuries India has believed that children are gifts from God. Now, this concept has to be dropped. Children are your own doing, not the gift of any god. Just think: if children were gifts of God, of his grace and love, then the growing population would have been filled life with more love, with more friendliness and bliss. Only two conclusions can be drawn: either your God is a devil…
And also your God is omniscient! He knows the past, present and the future, and yet he cannot see that with a population of 1.8 billion people the roads will be covered with corpses! There won’t even be enough people to carry the dead bodies to the crematorium. It will be impossible to arrange even shrouds for the corpses, because if, in line with Gandhism, the spinning wheel continues, there will be no possibility even to produce enough shrouds.
So the first thing I want to say is that India has to become free of its past and has to focus its sights toward the future. If God or nature had had such an attachment to the past, it would have given you eyes in the back of your skull – not in the front – so that you could look backward. It has given you eyes in the front.