About

Sharath C George

This blog is not about apathy, but how we occasionally manage to rise above it. It is a chronicle of life in India from the perspective of one of the relatively privileged, living in one among many privatized bubbles.

The blog also has the advantage of sounding like ‘A Pathetic Indian’ to the less discerning reader, or to someone who is angry at the author’s freely shared opinions on multiple platforms.

The author is Sharath C George, who will be referred to in third person here for effect. He is a writer and photographer with an incredibly inconsistent track record, as evidenced by the date and time stamps on this blog’s archive. He has recently added podcaster to his social media bios, and we are hopeful that the presence of a co-host will keep him on a more reliable schedule.

Sharath’s business card says he is a digital market research director, but all employers past and present swear he does not speak for them in anything beyond an official engagement. 

The aforementioned podcast is linked to below:

The Viral Truth 

Truth is never viral, but it should be. This podcast is your primary care physician in a world riddled with fake news. Join us as we hunt for the truth in unlikely corners.

#4. Population explosion? The Viral Truth

A couple of Indian states are planning for a population control bill. Although many critics call it anti-minority, the average person on the street in urban India always thinks of population as the root of all our problem. But how true is this idea? Is that bus you got on crowded because there are too many people, or because there are too few buses and no train? Join us as we delve deeper into:  How are we doing right now with population control?  What are the reasons behind high fertility rate? What happens when you try to control it with strict rules?  Are Indian cities doomed because of over-crowding? Is population control the only answer?  Reading material and sources:  India's population growth chart: https://www.macrotrends.net/countries/IND/india/population-growth-rate Bangalore population growth chart: https://www.macrotrends.net/cities/21176/bangalore/population Delhi population growth chart: https://www.macrotrends.net/cities/21228/delhi/population  Why many Indians prefer sons over daughters: https://www.dw.com/en/why-many-indians-prefer-sons-over-daughters/a-42385733  India’s population will peak in the early 2060s at 1.7 billion: https://e360.yale.edu/features/why-india-is-making-progress-in-slowing-its-population-growth  Hindu-Muslim fertility differentials in India: District-level estimates from Census 2011: https://www.ideasforindia.in/topics/human-development/hindu-muslim-fertility-differentials-in-india-what-do-district-level-estimates-from-census-2011-tell-us.html  History of India's sterilization drives and family planning: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/poverty-matters/2014/nov/22/india-sterilisation-camps-family-planning-tragedy  China's one child policy and why it was rolled back: https://www.britannica.com/topic/one-child-policy Why limitations on floors built per square foot of land causes issues: https://www.hindustantimes.com/analysis/fix-the-issues-that-plague-the-indian-housing-market-ht-analysis/story-EIIkHKBd3Wic1Lni3grrRM.html
  1. #4. Population explosion?
  2. #3. The Lab Leak Circus
  3. #2. Covaxin – Atma Nirbhar miracle or con job?
  4. #1. Introduction to The Viral Truth and founding principles