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Russia’s Population Problem – Indian men the answer?

January 29, 2012 14 comments

Across Russia and Central Asia, women seem to perceive Indian men through the prism of values that they have seen in Bollywood movies.

Four young Ukrainian women went topless on the balcony of the Indian envoy’s residence in Kiev with placards pronouncing “Ukraine is not a bordello” and “We are not prostitutes”.  The Femen quartet are 'famous' for topless protests against topics ranging from sex tourism to Silvio Berlusconi’s peccadilloes. This time they were protesting the alleged tightening of visa rules by the Indian mission in Kiev for Ukrainian women in the 15-40 age group.  |  Image source & courtesy - femen.info

Four young Ukrainian women went topless on the balcony of the Indian envoy’s residence in Kiev with placards pronouncing “Ukraine is not a bordello” and “We are not prostitutes”. The Femen quartet are ‘famous’ for topless protests against topics ranging from sex tourism to Silvio Berlusconi’s peccadilloes. This time they were protesting the alleged tightening of visa rules by the Indian mission in Kiev for Ukrainian women in the 15-40 age group. | Image source & courtesy – femen.info

One label for One Nation

A few weeks ago, some women from Ukraine protested when the Indian External Affairs Ministry (MEA) decided that it will restrict visas to Ukrainian women.

The  ministry expected (as per news reports) that some of these women were being purportedly recruited on a short-term basis by political parties to ‘motivate’ party cadre in election bound states of UP and Punjab.

So, the Indian Government decided to scrutinize visa applications from Ukrainian women in 15-40 years age group as ‘probable’ prostitute-candidates.

The Indian embassy in Kiev denied this report.

STOP Press!

Saturday, 18 February 2012 17:57 | PTI | Moscow
The Ukrainian government has decided to press charges against the Femen group for their protest in the Indian embassy.  The Charges – hooliganism and desecration of state symbols.

Active since 2008, Femen Group members have never faced imprisonment – worst being fines or brief arrests.

Wah! Taj

Around the same time, a court in Siberia was hearing arguments on why the Bhagwad Gita was a threat to Christianity in Russia – and must be banned.

Russia has less than 100,000 ‘Hindus’ who spontaneously converted from Christianity to Hinduism under the aegis of the American guru’s Krishna Consciousness Foundation – popularly known as Hare Krishna devotees.

The Tomsk court finally decided that the ban was not justified.

To complete the chain

And then the older story (from 2007) which amused a lot of Indians – and promptly forgotten.

Desperate to reverse a steep decline in their numbers, Russians are coming up with some bold ideas on how to overcome Russia’s demographic crisis.

A Russian feminist has proposed a radical solution to the falling birth rate — importing Indian bridegrooms for Russian girls. Maria Arbatova, writer and TV moderator, who married an Indian businessman a few years ago “after 25 years of keeping marrying Russians”, thinks Indian men make ideal husbands.

“They are crazy about their family and children,” she said presenting her new book, ‘Tasting India’, here. “What is more, Indians, like Russians, are Indo-Europeans, and many Sanskrit and Russian words have the same roots.”

Indian bridegrooms can help ward off a Chinese demographic invasion in Russia, says the feminist: “If we do not balance off the Chinese with Indians, Africans or aliens, by 2050 China will annex Russia’s Siberia up to the Ural Mountains.”

Russia has a population of 142 million spread across a territory five times the size of India. Its population is shrinking at one-third of a million a year. Under a federal programme launched this year, women who give birth to a second or subsequent child are given certificates worth $10,000, which can be used for education, mortgage or pensions. (via The Hindu : Front Page : “Import Indian bridegrooms for Russian brides”).

Joining the dots

Are

  1. Ukrainian women coming to India
  2. To find ‘good’ Indian husbands
  3. Based on an image built by Bollywood movies, very popular in USSR region

Far fetched! See this video.


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