22 May 2008

Lecture: Impact of Religion & Ethics on the Population Growth of India

Just because it is summer doesn't mean there aren't interesting talks to attend. Dr. Girija Nandan Singh, University Professor & Head of Geography, T M Bhagalpur University, Bhagalpur, Bihar, India will be visiting Rutgers' geography department Wednesday, May 28.
Dr. Singh will give a presentation at 1PM in B120 entitled "Impact of Religion & Ethics on the Population Growth of India".


Impact of Religion & Ethics on the Population Growth of India
By Dr. Girija Nandan Singh, Ph.D., Professor of Geography, T M Bhagalpur
University, Bhagalpur, Bihar, India.

Abstract: India is the second most populous country in the world with a population over 1.1 billion. This paper explores the role religion and ethics play in impacting the Indian population growth. The 2 major religions in India, Hinduism (81.4%) and Islam (12.4%) had a growth rate of 20% and 29.3% respectively during 1991-2001. Hindus believe that cremation by a son leads to the salvation of the soul, which greatly increases the demand for a male child but results in the
increase of unwanted girl children. In Islam, procreation is a blessing from God and birth control is a sin. There are important differences between the modern and traditional values of Hinduism and Islam. Islam allows easy divorce and polygamy which in turn increases the risk of
woman pregnancy. As the modernization process is unfolding in India, differentials in fertility across different religion are declining but unsafe abortion is creating a bigger problem in terms of double death syndrome. The government is also using unethical ways such as coercion
and unfairness to limit population growth.

Dr. Girija Nandan Singh is the University Professor & Head of Geography at R. D. & D. J. College Munger, Bihar, India (T M Bhagalpur University, Bhagalpur). He has worked as a University Professor for the past 18 years. He has more than 37 years of teaching & research experience with over 50 research publications. 14 PhD scholars have obtained their degrees under the guidance of Dr. Singh. He has represented T. M. Bhagalpur University at the International Geography Congress in Washington D.C, USA (1992), Seoul, South Korea (2000) & Glasgow, United Kingdom (2004). His primary area of specialization is Physical Geography, Population Geography, Environmental Geography & Resource Management. Besides his teaching activities Dr. Singh currently serves as a Judge in the People’s Court of Munger District of India. Munger is one the oldest district of state of Bihar in India with a population of more than 1.1 million.

1 comment:

Caroline said...

Eco-theology is on the rise... or should be. Mary Evelyn Tucker of Yale Forestry School will give a lecture on The Emerging Alliance of Religion and Ecology --- Problems and Promise during the June 15 brunch at Genesis Farm.