DOLLARS, DISGUST AND DISCRIMINATION – 10 quotes that prove international pressure for population control in India
Unlike western countries abortion and contraception came into India not as a result of ‘women’s rights’ or ‘choice’ movement but, as a weapon of population control. Indians did not ask for legal abortion or harmful hormonal birth control pills. They were forced to accept it. Family Planning movement in India has it’s roots in Eugenics. The following quotes are the undeniable proof.
- “Are you out of your f***ing mind? I’m not going to pi** away foreign aid in nations where they refuse to deal with their own population problems.”
– President Lyndon Johnson to his advisor Joseph Califano when he suggested that United States commit more food aid before the arrival of Indira Gandhi.
- “An annual application of a contraceptive aerial mist (from a single airplane over India) neutralized only by an annual antidotal pill on medical prescription.”
— One of the Ford Foundation official’s idea for using technology to control population in India. Fatal Misconception, Mathew Connelly
- “Man will turn into the cancer of the planet”
– Julian Huxley after seeing crowds gathered on the banks of river Ganges. Huxley was a member of the British Eugenic Society and the first director of UNESCO.
- “I have understood the population explosion intellectually for a long time. I came to understand it emotionally one stinking hot night in Delhi a couple of years ago. My wife and daughter and I were returning to our hotel in an ancient taxi. The seats were hopping with fleas. The only functional gear was third. As we crawled through the city, we entered a crowded slum area. The temperature was well over 100, and the air was a haze of dust and smoke. The streets seemed alive with people. People eating, people washing, people sleeping. People visiting, arguing, and screaming. People thrusting their hands through the taxi window, begging. People defecating and urinating. People clinging to buses. People herding animals. People, people, people, people. As we moved slowly through the mob, hand horn squawking, the dust, noise, heat, and cooking fires gave the scene a hellish aspect. Would we ever get to our hotel? All three of us were, frankly, frightened…. Perhaps, but since that night I’ve known the feel of overpopulation.”
–Paul Elrich, Population Bomb.
- “The question is sometimes asked: If United States can send a man to the moon why can’t we help India, Nigeria and Brazil to improve their agricultures? The answer is that improving the agriculture of India, Nigeria and Brazil is a more complicated problem than sending a man to the moon. “
–William and Paul Paddocks Famine 1975
- “Dear Margaret Sanger, What a glow of gratification was kindled in my heart when Polly read last week the wonderful news that you had founded the Planned Parenthood Association in India! Not only have I continued to follow your work with loving admiration and expect ever greater results from your beneficence, I have also known of Nehru’s statesmanlike interest in birth-control, and now I behold you and him and Lady Rama Rau working together — a triple Hercules — for the deliverance of a land long cursed with excess of population. I cannot imagine anything more blessed happening on earth.”
— Helen Keller’s letter to Margaret Sanger
- “Focus to solving specific Asiatic problems of religious and social mores affecting that continent’s high fertility. Then I would be very much in favor of the enterprise.”
— C.P Blacker’s response to Grifith’s letter when A.P.Pillay wanted to restart his journal ‘Marriage Hygiene’ in 1947. C.P Blacker was the General Secretary of Eugenics Society and later served as Secretary of IPPF alongside Margaret Sanger and Dhanavanthi Rama Rau.
- “My other suggestion is in an attempt to solve the problem of irresponsible people and especially those who are poorly endowed genetically having large numbers of unnecessary children. Because of their irresponsibility, it seems to me that for them, sterilization is the only answer and I would do this by bribery. It would probably pay society to offer such individuals something like l000 [British pounds] down and a pension of 5 [British pounds} a week over the age of 60. As you probably know, the bribe in India is a transistor radio and apparently there are plenty of takers.”
- “There were 5,000,000 births in 1950 and the same number in l95l–far beyond the country’s possibilities of feeding, clothing or housing them. In Bombay alone thousands sleep in the streets and every Indian city tells the same story. But birth control and reduction of births are not enough. The Indians must improve their land to produce more food and in order to do that they must increase their water supplies. But whatever they do–reduction of the birth rate must precede these steps.”
- Indians are “a slippery, treacherous people,” Nixon said. “The Indians are bastards anyway,” Mr. Kissinger replied. “They are the most aggressive goddamn people around.”
-Conversation between President Nixon and Henry Kissinger in dealing with India during 1970’s. Henry Kissinger’s hate for India is expressed not just as an opinion but reflected in U.S foreign policy document which was drafted under his leadership. NSSM 200 targets few countries being ‘a threat’ to peace and stability of developed nations especially U.S. and therefore recommended that their population be checked through various measures including, legalizing abortion in their countries.