Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 13, 1972 · Page 133
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 133

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, August 13, 1972
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CONTINUED that even though the new wheat and rice taste different they are still good, then these farmers are happy to go along with us. And once we have all farmers using the new methods, there will be enough wheat and rice for everyone to eat as much as he likes." Maybe so. But undoubtedly much will depend on just how successful India is in limiting the number of mouths it will have to feed. Thus, in the last few years the government has tried almost every method possible to encourage birth control: a "standing army of 90,000 workers" has been organized to tour the countryside and spread the message of family-planning; sterilization centers have been set up to perform vasectomies, for which the sterilized man is paid some $15, or about two months' wages; and contraceptives are now being sold--at government- subsidized rates--in almost every nook and cranny of the country. 'Progress made, but changes take time' "We still haven't made as much progress as we would like in some of the poorer areas," concedes Uma Dikshit, 1 Minister of Health and Family Planning. "Many parents still have the old ideas about needing a lot of children to support them in old age, or needing many sons to protect them against their neighbors. And, of course, in many of these areas there isn't much else to do for entertainment at night. But, even so, we have made some progress, and I am optimistic that we can keep India's population down to manageable proportions. It's just that we can't expect to see these changes take place overnight; it's going to take some time." But, how long does India have? And what if India cannot keep her population from growing by leaps and bounds? And what if the green revolution then cannot produce enough food to go around? These are the troublesome questions that hang over India on this, the 25th anniversary of her Independence. And these are the problems that Mrs. Gandhi --who has promised her people "Out With Poverty!"--is now trying to solve. But, while, everyone here knows that India alone is ultimately responsible for their solution, there is still a disappointed feeling that 10,000 miles away, the world's wealthiest country doesn't much care. D India and Pakistan have fought four wars since 1947 when Moslem Pakistan was carved into East and West states, separated by 7000 m//es of Hindu India. Last December war broke out and East Pakistan, aided by India, became the new nation of Bangladesh. The U.S. and China sided with Pakistan and Russia supported India, with whom she had a 20-year Treaty of Friendship. The India-Pakistan dispute over the. status of Kashmir remain's unresolved. \ I New wheat: Improved varieties of this vital crop and rice and the use of fertilizers have increased yields 200 to BBHUBHVnHH^BBmHHmBHH 300 percent. It's all part of the "green revolution," which is winning the country's age-old battle against hunger. 10 PARADE · AUGUST 13,1972

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