A Billion & Still Growing - Has Ham 2 - Hamare 2 Worked?

Kamlesh D Patel –

The learned speaker drew upon his vast spiritual experience for this session and started by drawing parallels of India with nations where the birth rate is actually dropping such as Japan and Norway. He then spoke of countries which do not accept individuals from other nations for any reason and that how this is not a function of society, but rather of the personal spiritual state of an individual. He states that most people are also governed by what their professed religion states about how many children to have. The true way to know how many children to have is to listen to one’s heart and that requires an individual to have an equilibrium within themselves. He stressed that the answer to all such questions and even to issues pertaining to pollution can be attained by simply listening to one’s heart, and that requires the aid of practices such as meditation and yoga. It is like any other acquired trait, and must simply be worked on a bit.

Dr N T Rao –

The learned speaker started by informing the audience of the corollary of the multiple decisions that have been taken to enforce Hum do Hamare do. He informs the audience about how though everyone is aware that Kashmir and Hyderabad were not party of India, but neither was Bhopal. Similarly we required urgent food aid from the US to feed our population, but during Hurricane Katrina we sent food aid to the US. In the same vein, at one time Hum do hamare do was correct for India, perhaps now we can enforce a policy of Hum do Hamara Ek. He urges individuals to see the need of the time and then take decisions.

Arpit Sharma – The student leader took a pragmatic approach to the topic by elaborating upon why a surplus population is not conducive to the growth of the nation or for the alleviation of the standard of living of an individual. This is more important today than it was in early days due to India being predicted to become the most populous nation in the world in 2030.

Preeti Jain– The student leader passionately explained that it is possible to have our population under control, it is simply a matter of educating the public about its benefits., Also she stressed that the taboo associated with birth control and family planning must be overcome and we should all be mature enough to discuss these issues publically.

Baba Ramdev–

The learned speaker gladdened the entire audience with his charm and personality. He spoke warmly about the initiative that Vishwanath D Karad has undertaken and then commended him on having an able child to carry the vision forward. He then spoke about how he wishes to see India be powerful and for that, he stresses family planning. He believes that with India’s presently limited resources, the need of the time is for quality over quantity in the context of children. Furthermore, he noticed that it is the uneducated and disenfranchised that provide many babies. He spoke at length of alleviating their ignorance with education and then instituting state and national regulations which will compel individuals to limit the number of children they have. He quoted his own example by stating that though he has no children, he has accomplished so much for his country and creed. With this, he then went on to extoll the people to be firm in their determination to improve the country and then he thanked Rahul Karad for his initiatives once again.

Maulana Dr Syed Kalbe Rizvi –

The learned speaker started by thanking the Karad family for this endeavor and also for their continual support for the secular nationalization of the country. He reiterates that in order to understand the solution, one must understand the problem. He then juxtaposed this with India’s population issue which he believes can be alleviated by providing employment. How many children a couple can have must be their own responsibility but just as a lift can carry only a predetermined number of people, likewise a country can only support a predetermined number of people. When this boundary is crossed one should not blame the country. He also stressed that governments may change, but the country must move on.

Dr Amay Kamdar – The student leader was an eye opener as he elaborated on his personal experiences in the gynecology wards. He believes the hum 2 humare 2 to be a complete failure. But not a complete failure. He now wishes to ensure that topics such as sex, sexuality and birth control can be easily discussed. 

Priya Verma – The student speaker elaborated on the problems of overpopulation, which she believes is responsible for most of the problems plaguing India. She states that education is key, along with removal of the taboo of having a girl child. 

Dr Chandrakant Pandav –

The learned speaker has been at the forefront of the Hum do humare do movement and he stressed on quality over quantity. He also spoke of how incentivising the scheme has clearly not worked as predicted, so now penalties must be introduced for those who have more than two children.

Acharya Lokesh Muni –


The learned scholar spoke about how he believes that the future of the country is only within the youth of the country. He spoke about how educating the children is paramount and if that quality of life can be preserved, then any number of children can be availed. However, even if one child is born and not given the proper education, then that too can be construed as a loss. He urged everyone present to only have as many children that can effectively educate.

Sonia Duhan –


The speaker spoke eloquently about how we can take the present scenario and then turn it to our advantage. She believes in looking forward and trying to understand how best to utilize the largest youth pool in the world, which India currently possesses. With education, people will themselves start to restrict the number of children that they have. In the meantime, it is important to understand how to do the best with what we have in terms of manpower to make India great. 

Argentina Matavel Piccin –


The learned speaker spoke from her vast experience working for UNPFA, and she states it is quite impossible to decide statically how many children to have. Since the onus of rearing children falls on women, she believes it is only their imperative to decide how many children to have. As large as India is, she is not the densest country in the world. Size and density do not matter in population, the way to support the children is what is important. A statement or an official ruling will not affect the demographics. Empirical evidence indicates that when women have equality, when they have education and when they have the right to choose how many children they wish to have, then the population tends to self-regulate themselves. She believes that that will make a difference. 

Prof Dr N K Ahuja –


The learned speaker spoke candidly about the population control in India. He believes that sex ratio is a better indicator of population. He also says that multiple marriages and divorces are also issues that are being faced by India. He believes that a better slogan should be, ‘Nar ho ya naari, santaan ho bas do hamaari.’ This he believes will take care of the population problem of the country.  

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