Systemic issues of India

Sorry for murdering crores of you, but Happy Women’s Day….

Voice of science is often ignored by us and for a good reason too, as it speaks truth, harsh truth about who we really are.

If you are an Indian like me, we have no option but to admit that, in the eye of science, we are murderers. We have, most probably, murdered crores of human beings. And we are simply turning a blind eye to this Huge crime since years.

But, we like it or not, we have left behind a trail of evidence of this horrendous crime that is impossible to hide from any scientist who understands genetics and the mathematics of probability.

Genetics is a young branch of science born after we discovered that all living cells have coils of “information” that help manufacture new copies of each cell. From smallest virus to largest elephant, we all carry our self-manufacturing manual inside each of our cells that we use to self-replicate.

This manufacturing information is written in two strands of convoluted molecular structure (DNA) in large (and sexually reproducing) animals like us. When we “copy” ourselves, we do it by mixing our strands of manufacturing information with that of another human being.

In humans, we have 23 segments (chromosomes) of this information stored in this two-stranded format. When we breed, each of our chromosomes split into half “lengthwise” into a single strand to combine with another half made available by our mate ensuring that the new body is constructed using instruction from both father and mother.

It is now understood (ironically, first by a woman named Nettie Stevens) that sex of a child is determined by the last segment (no 23), one half of which is found to be different in man and woman. In a woman, both strands are same (labelled as X), while in man one strand is just like that in woman (i.e. X), but the other is shorter and thus labelled as Y.

So, in terms of genetics, being a man or a woman is just like flipping a coin, and is completely dependent on what male sperm brings to the party. It is just a matter of you getting the Y half or the unfortunate (in India) X half from your dad’s sperm. As he carries one copy of X and one copy of Y, the probability of you getting either is exactly the same. Maths says that the chance of you becoming a man or a woman is equal.

If this is what science is saying, the BIG question before us is, why do we have 3.5 crore more males than females in India? Why do we have 112 males for every 100 females in our country?

If the chance of being a man or a woman is same in nature, who killed crores of our lovely Indian girls?

We Indians may feel that this lopsided distribution of sexes could be a natural phenomenon that science has not understood. But, science throws up more disturbing evidence i.e. the male-female ratio from across the world. To our 112/100 ratio, the world has (depending on the source of statistics you use) about 105 men to every 100 women (Even “backward” Pakistan matches with this number).

If you feel that these numbers are “sick”, consider states like Haryana and Punjab, where we have just about 86 women to 100 men.

Let us stop pretending. We all know where the missing women that science knows should be there are.

We have killed them before they are even born. We have strangled them on birth. We have neglected them, starved them, malnourished them and even raped them out of frustration of not having enough of them around.

We think that no one knows what we are doing, but science knows.

Happy Women’s Day.

I am happy to admit that I have managed surviving till now with minimum effort as all my intellect has be used to avoid doing anything meaningful. As I needed to while all the free time I generated in course of being lazy, science has been my favorite muse that I have enjoyed company of. As an effort to kill time (in a way, to get even with it) one fine day I decided to write a science column, more for my personal amusement than to attract readers. After getting educated about the attention span of modern readers from my editor, it became more like a challenge to tackle esoteric subjects in 600 words that I have managed to remain interested in for more than a year now. I do not want to add my worldly profile here as these are ideas that need to be considered only on the merits they carry and not as an opinion of a certain human being.

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