China ends one-child policy, allows couples to have two children screamed the headlines everywhere today, be in on TV, FB, Twitter and even at places which has nothing to do with remotely with any kind of news.
The policy that started way back in the 1970’s by the Chinese government to control its exploding population. Well I am sure it must have definitely would have able to achieve its objects but at what cost. It is one thing for couples to not have more than one child voluntarily and another to be barred from having more by imposing government restrictions.
In the Indian context the govt has gone from “हम दो हमारे दो” to espousing the cause of one child per couple. As a result of the measures the fertility rate has more than halved (from 5.7 in 1966 to 2.4 in 2012), but the national fertility rate is still high enough to cause long-term population growth. Indian are still adding up to 1,000,000 people to its population every 20 days. Luckily no government sanctions to have just one child till date.
Having lived in a usual large Indian family with 3 sisters and countless cousins (first /second / third: if there is anything such as one) what would life be without them. Till much later in life they were the friends I had, people I hung out with and whose company I always looked forward to. It is a different matter that as I grew older the imperfections became quite apparent, the prejudices and hostility came in the forefront, but again like they say the blood is thicker in water and no one makes worst enemies than your closest relationships.
I can’t even begin to imagine with a world without siblings and cousins. So what would happen to those मुहावरे !!
- For lack of Wife’s Sister there would be no half wives ( साली आधी घर वाली) !!
- For lack of Wife’s Brother the who would be greater than Godliness ( सारी खुदाई एक तरफ जोरू का भाई एक तरफ)
There would be no fun in watching the movies from the Rajshri Productions’s stable without so many relatives!! No Jija, No Fufa, No Bhua , No Tau how boring the life would be !! No one to bitch about , crib out, no one to share the family gossip with, no one playing the role of Match Maker in the weddings !! Only Silver Linings would be pampered and spoilt by both set of Grand Parents i.e. paternal and maternal.
So requesting the Chinese to come and visit India before they embark on this new journey of having more than one kids, to learn about different names for all set of relations no boring Sister In Law / Brother in Law or the Nephew / Niece and Uncle /Aunt thing !! We have all set of names for all possible relations each different for the mother’s/father’s side of the families. Incidentally we have an entire C Grade Film Industry promoting these very relationship though in dubious manner so this can help them revive the native Industry for I have yet to catch a great film after the fabulous Crouching Tiger , Hidden Dragon !!
Till that time go enjoy doing what the Government has allowed you to do without fear and protection!!