Are poor Indian women the targets of a high-level conspiracy?
Everyone knows that India has a huge population (over a billion people) and that it has many problems, such as poverty, malnutrition and scarce land
resources, that overpopulation causes or exacerbates. If ever a country seemed to be crying out for population control, it is India. And in fact, the
Indian government has long been actively involved in fertility and population-control measures of various kinds.
Most of these are innocuous: fertility education, free contraceptive distribution, sexual-health counselling and so on. But there was once a time when
the government of India used more sinister methods to try to control the country's population. These included
, bribes to poor families, and other kinds of
The excesses of that era brought a backlash that toppled a government, but failed to eradicate the practice in India of making poor people (usually
women) undergo sterilisation by fair means or foul. Indeed, forced or covert sterilisation (especially of women) continues in India to this day –
sometimes with the unknowing help of foreign aid donors
recently as 2009, an Indian politician got himself into hot water for
seeming to call for an
of the old forced-sterilisation policy.
But some people, it now seems, aren’t waiting for official approval. Or perhaps they have it already.
The BBC reports today that there are parts of India where
up to ninety percent of
women have undergone hysterectomies
. Usually they are told that they will die of cancer or some other dreadful disease if they don’t have
their wombs removed. Some are tricked; others are simply not told at all; they enter hospital for 'treatment' and leave without their wombs.
The report suggests that the impetus for this is simply doctors trying to make a fast buck (the operation costs about $200). But something more
sinister may well be happening. Even if there is no overt conspiracy, there are certainly many in the Indian government and socio-economic elite who
believe the country has far too many people, and that unless fertility can be reined in, society and the economy will collapse. It is hard not to
believe that some in authority are happy to look the other way and do nothing when evidence of forced sterilisation emerges. Such evidence is
uncovered daily in India, after all, yet the abuses continue unchecked.
Indeed, it is no harder to believe that many of the elite support sterilisation of the poor by any means necessary – and are willing, together with
the patriarchal, misogynistic elements in Indian society that regard women as chattels or cattle, to give their secret support to a programme of
covert or compulsory sterilisation.
How far up does such support, if it exists, go? And is it just silent support for the freelance population-control efforts of various doctors and
petty state officials, or does it go further? Does this evidence point to a genuine covert programme mounted by the Indian government?
I'll leave it to ATS's own conspiracy theorists to speculate whether the conspiracy spreads beyond India itself – whether it is, in fact, part of
some fabulous, top-secret global agenda.
edit on 6/2/13 by Astyanax because: of the blogal dagenda