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Question #90485 posted on 10/12/2017 10:20 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I recently read A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley. He mentioned that his adoptive parents were not allowed to adopt until much later than they wanted because it used to be a law in Tasmania that if you were a fertile couple it was illegal to adopt. Why would a country not be supportive of adoption by fertile parents?

The book also mentioned that there's acity in India called Salt Lake City. Is this named after the city in Utah or is it a coincidence?

-Christmas Cactus

A:

Dear Where Do You Put The Ornaments,

This question has two parts. The first part is why a country would not support adoption by fertile parents. One reason could be that the country has low fertility and is worried that adoption by fertile parents would discourage fertile couples from having children. In some countries in Europe low fertility is a pretty big issue because there aren't enough people in the rising generation to replace jobs or care for the aging older generations.

To answer the second part of your question, the city of Bidhannagar in the Indian sate of West Bengal is nicknamed Salt Lake City (source). Bidhannagar was founded in the early 1960's so it's possible that it could have drawn inspiration from Salt Lake City, Utah. It was founded beside a salty lake bed, so it appears that's where the nickname comes from. I couldn't find any evidence to prove that the two city names are/aren't connected, but Salt Lake City in India probably just got its name from the nearby salt lake. It turns out that Salt Lake is a pretty common name for cities founded near salty lakes.

Peace,

Tipperary