By on August 21, 2011

With a massively growing population, and no Chinese-style national one-child policy in place, sterilization campaigns in India’s provinces and municipalities are far from uncommon. But now, in the Rajasthani district of Jhunjhunu, officials in charge of sterilization campigns have found a new incentive to encourage Indians to undergo the procedure: the subcontinents growing obsession with automobiles. Britain’s The Independent was the first Western news outlet to report on the scheme, which offers those undergoing sterilization

a coupon for a forthcoming raffle, with prizes including a Tata Nano car, motorbikes and electric food blenders.

The prizes for the Jhunjhunu raffle were donated by a local university, and because compensation for sterilization is technically illegal in India, a Tata Motors spokesman tells the New York Times that

The Rajasthan initiative you are referring to — we are not sure whether it is a government or a private initiative – has got nothing to do with Tata Motors or its dealers. We have not been aware whether this is being shown as endorsed by the company.

Tata says it will “look into” the scheme, but with sales of “India’s Model T” flagging, even this questionable promotion might well be welcome. After all, many Rajasthanis seem to grasp the practical benefits of sterilization, but have a hard time finding the motivation to leave farms in order to receive the surgery. One woman, interviewed by The Independent, seemed to sum up the mood:

Ms Kumar explained how she had opted for the operation for purely practical reasons. But she admitted she was excited by the prospect of the raffle. She said: “If I am to win anything, I hope it is the car.”

In modern India, where booming sales of ultra-cheap cars conceal the reality that millions remain without mobility, it seems that the offer of even the cheapest car on the market is motivation enough to forgo having children.

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15 Comments on “Get Sterilized, Receive A Tata Nano...”


  • avatar
    jpolicke

    Given the looks of the Nano, I wouldn’t think excess testosterone would be much of a problem with prospective owners. As far as the raffle, uh, could I switch first prize for the blender?

  • avatar
    Gedrven

    What an extraordinarily straightforward way to manifest the tradeoff between quantity and quality of life.

  • avatar
    obbop

    Ensure that I would not even accidentally be adding yet another unneeded vile spawn to an over-crowded planet whose natural resources are being consumed and/or destroyed at rates that are possibly untenable for the continues existence of loathsome irrational “naked apes” also know as humans?

    And for doing so perhaps earn a door prize or perhaps a parting gift or 10 minutes with Vanna?

    Maybe.

    Or maybe just shun the typical USA female of today chock-full of corporate-created desire for material goods via the brainwashing all of us are immersed within our entire lives…. females who so often seemed to be connected to some sort of “hive mind” via the cell phone permanently attached to their mostly empty heads containing a vapid brainlet.

  • avatar
    twotone

    I got that taken care of after my divorce. The worst part of a vasectomy was having to wear that plastic cone around my head so I did not lick my balls.

    Where’s my Nano, I mean blender?

  • avatar
    Shipwright

    HA HA HA. I think I just peed myself. I hope you get your blender.

    • 0 avatar
      Robert.Walter

      Edit: Oops, I was reading from bottom to top, and see that you were replying to TwoTone’s pretty funny comment. So my apologies (but in the spirit of transparancy, I’ll leave my previous comment below.)

      That was a very unkind and non-productive comment.

      Although the odds are different, the same game of chance they hope for to win the blender is the same process of chance that landed you where you are on the Earth, and in your comfortable situation, and not nearly in anything like their shoes.

      Of course, I’m not advocating that you apologize for your good fortune, or in any way that you may have built upon it in your lifetime, guess I’m just asking for you to be a little less dickish about it.

  • avatar

    I’d sterilize myself for a Veyron Supersport and about $20 million dollars.

  • avatar
    GS650G

    +1
    How about a few BMWs if the whole town steps in?

  • avatar
    brettc

    Shouldn’t the US government be implementing something similar? Just watching a few minutes of 16 and pregnant will convince you if you’re unsure… Although the Americans would want a Blingscalade as a door prize.

  • avatar
    SP

    Wow …

    You must have pretty low self-esteem if you are willing to be permanently mutilated in exchange for raffle tickets.

    • 0 avatar
      Robert.Walter

      When you’ve got nothing, even the chance at something may seem better than the guarantee of nothing.

      Further, to those in poverty, who somehow recognize the link between having children you can’t afford and continuing the cycle of poverty, this may seem on a microscopic and personal scale like a way out of the poverty trap, and for those thinking on a macroscopic and societial scale, it probably looks like the same thing.

  • avatar
    VanillaDude

    I believe in sterilization for everyone who advocates it. We definately need less of those kinds of people. More for the rest of us.

    Let them drive Tatas, I prefer the real ones.

    • 0 avatar
      Robert.Walter

      Bear in-mind dude, this (as portrayed) is not some kind of Nazi-esque eugenics-driven sterilization of the weaker members of society (of course I’m speaking of ill, old, mentally- or physically-handicapped, but not “in the economic sense”).

      This is an offer (hopefully) mature and rational members of society to undertake a voluntary measure. I can even see how a husband & wife might convince each other that they already have enough children and the opportunity is worth the chance.

      Even a massive transfer of western jobs and wealth to developing nations will not lift them out of poverty faster than their birth rate will weigh them down, and a vast number of measures (of which this is but one) will have to be deployed to sink that quotient.

      I might add, that the west has already done its part here, in that with the growth of western affluence, the birth rate has (not in all places of course) flattened (w. Europe), or even gone negative (Japan), so it will be necessary for developing countries to seriously take a look at their population situations before 1) their economies start to grow and demand resources to do so, and 2) before uncontrolled population growth takes the whole world down the drain (economically, environmentally, and stability-wise.)

      I hope they have good surgeons.

  • avatar
    Robert.Walter

    Isn’t this superfluous? (I say this only half-tounge-in-cheek.)

    I mean given that the abortion of female fetuses is on the rise there (becase everyone wants a boy), it would seem that a de-facto voluntary 50% policy is already in force.

    After it runs for a generation, there will be significantly fewer females left to breed.


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