The Tragedy of Overpopulation Is it fair to expect that the poorest people in the world should bear the brunt of the policies designed to control overpopulation? In “The Free Radio,” a narrator who is an old teacher describes the trials and tribulations of Ramani, a young man of low intelligence. Ramani evidently went to receive a free vasectomy courtesy of the government policies of India to try and curb the skyrocketing population growth. Part of the government scheme was to offer free radios to men who would voluntarily receive vasectomies. This policy necessarily attracted the poorest members of Indian society. Ramani was a simple-minded rickshaw puller, described in India as a rickshaw-wallah. One day, "Ramani suddenly began to talk...The end:
.....ode his rickshaw around the streets of the town" (Rushdie 26-27). India would be well-served to abandon the ruse of giving silly gifts to the poor in order to sterilize them. They should adopt a policy like that in China and force these people to have only one child. That would save a lot of time and money and spare writers like Rushdie from writing such stories about insane people. Works Cited Casey, Robert P., and Robert P. George. "Just Don't Go." National Review 47.15 (1995): 40-42. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Web. 17 Feb. 2011. Connelly, Matthew. "Controlling Passions." The Wilson Quarterly 32.3 (2008): 60-66. OmniFile Full Text Mega. H. W. Wilson. Web. 17 Feb. 2011. Rushdie, Salman. East, West. New York: Random House, 1996. Print.