Yoga guru Ramdev
Yoga guru Ramdev on Sunday opined that India is not ready to deal with its population explosion and suggested some measures like denying voting rights and other government services to the third or higher children. Addressing a press conference Haridwar, he said the country's population should not be allowed to go beyond 150 crore.
"This is only possible if we enact a legislation denying voting right to the third or higher children of a parent. Such children should also be denied right to contest elections and other government services," he suggested.
"India's population should not be more than 150 crores in the next 50 years as we are not prepared or ready to bear more than that. This is only possible when the government makes a law that third child would not be allowed to vote, neither contest election nor he/she enjoys any type of privileges and facilities given by the government," Ramdev said.
"Then people will not give birth to more children, no matter which religion they belong to," he added.
He also demanded a complete ban on cow-slaughter and said that it is the only way out to reduce the conflict between cow smugglers and "gau rakshak" (cow protectors).
"There should be a complete ban on cow slaughter and it is the only way out to end the conflict that we see between cow smugglers and ''gau rakshak''. For those who want to eat meat, there are several other types of meat which they can eat," he said.
Further, he pressed for a country-wide ban on liquor.
(With ageny inputs)