But nobody is concerned about it. The politician is afraid because the Shankaracharyas are against birth control, the Jaina Acharyas are against birth control. And their only fear is that if anybody talks about birth control he is condemned immediately as teaching immorality to the country; but except for birth control there is no way out – a very strict birth control.
But it seems that nobody is concerned. Everybody is interested in becoming a chief minister, or a cabinet minister, or a chief of some other kind. Nobody seems to be…. When half of the country will be dying by your side, how will you be able to live sanely? Five hundred million people dying – the whole country will become a graveyard!
But it seems to be intrinsic to the human mind always to avoid the problems and get involved in trivia. Knowing that the big problems need courage and guts and intelligence to solve them, it is better not even to talk about them – not to make the people aware of the problems that they are going to face soon. And let them just fight over stupid things: that this state should remain divided or undivided, this district should remain in this state or another state….
Forty years ago, India’s constitution decided Hindi should be the national language, but they have not been able to implement it in forty years. And I say even in four thousand years they will not be able to implement it. It will remain written in the constitution, because nobody wants to take the risk to say anything.
Because there are thirty languages in India…. Hindi is the major language – and even understood by speakers of other languages. But as far as making it a national language there is great resistance from the other twenty-nine languages – if they are considered together Hindi becomes a minority.
There have been riots on stupid things…. You cannot write in Madras on your shop board or restaurant board in any language other than Tamil. Particularly in those places where Hindi was written – on railway stations, on buses – they were burned, they had to be changed. Now a train moves through many states; do you want it to change its boards and everything at every border of each state? When it enters Gujarat it should have Gujarati and when it enters into Maharashtra it should have Marathi? – and then it goes into Karnataka and then it goes into Tamil Nadu – a train moves all over the country.
And these are the trivia. Thousands of people have been killed because they resisted – they would not change their boards; their houses were burned.
And just now in the assembly there has been a great turmoil, because so much against the police forces has come to be revealed…against the police forces – that they are behind many crimes. In North India they have burned villages – complete villages – of harijans, raped their women, taken away their daughters and sold them for fifty rupees – a hundred rupees at the most.
Just in this state, Maharashtra, behind every crime there is the hand of the police. It seems that the police protect the criminal, because crime is paying – those criminals bribe! And of course, only the poor suffer, because nobody is going to listen to them, they don’t have any voice.