When I was very young, around 10 years old, I was presented for my birthday, a book by Minoo Masani ” Our India 1953″ and one of the things that left an impression on me was the part on life expectancy and infant mortality, He had vey vividly expressed this as :
” Now let us see: How long do you expect to live? ‘Till I’m seventy,’ you say. ‘Or at least sixty.’ Well, there’s nothing like being an optimist! I am afraid, however, all that you, as a boy or girl at school, are likely to live if you are an average Indian is another 30 years! You don’t like the idea, do you? But then you are lucky, you know, to have survived your first year of life!
If, for instance, a baby brother or sister were to be born in your home—don’t mention this to your mother or father, it’ll only hurt their feelings, because grown-ups are like that!— the little baby, sad to say, is due to die at the age of 27.”.
I am tempted to echo similar sentiments to young parents who are sending their young children todo called modern public schools paying very huge tuitions in the order of several thousands of rupees per month. Or to those who are sending their children to MBA and engineering Colleges paying several lakhs of rupees per year.
Obviously they will not like to hear that they have sent their loved ones on paths of obsolescence , irrelevance and unemployability.
Actually the lucky ones will be those who do not get admissions to these coveted Institutions.