Overheard: I Can't Make Money if the People Are Healthy


Overheard is our series of snippets/conversations that we have with other travelers and/or locals along the way.

There was a big multi-day party during our stay at Suryagarh, which meant a lot of interesting conversations with locals who weren't trying to sell us stuff. The people we spoke with, who were mostly upper middle class and from Delhi, were most concerned with the amount of corruption still occurring in India today.

"There are bribes in every country," they said, "but here it's something different."

An example: the government gave out free birth control pills to the local hospital in Jaisalmer in order to control birth rates.

One year later, the doctors burned the pills.

"Why?" I asked. "Because it's against the Hindu religion?"

"No," the man I was chatting with answered. "Because if people don't get pregnant, the doctors don't get paid for abortions."

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