Dr Homi Bhabha: a great visionary
“THERE are already oral contraceptives known, but they are relatively expensive and required to be used systematically and precisely…. The problem of getting every villager in over 600 thousand villages in India to use them systematically would be quite enormous. If on the other hand, some substance could be developed which when mixed with an ingredient of one’s daily diet such as rice, grain, or salt would have the effect of reducing the chance of conception by 30%, the problem would be immediately solved. I have no doubt there are many who will hold up their hand in horror at this suggestion.”
You may attribute these statements to Mr Khushwant Singh or to some eminent demographer. Certainly not to Dr. Homi J. Bhabha, the architect of nuclear India, who made these suggestions at the 6th International Conference on Planned Parenthood in 1959.
Dr Homi J. Bhabha the architect of nuclear India died in an air crash on January 24, forty seven years ago. His dreams on a nuclear India got fulfilled thanks to his association and unstinted support from Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India. I had no chance to interact with Dr Bhabha. I saw him at a distance, listened to two or three of his lectures and generally over -awed by him as many of my senior colleagues.
I wrote several articles about him. One of them which was published in The Tribune may be accessed at: