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Changing the Terms of the Discourse by Kumud Sharma

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Population Fact Sheet

Presented to Honorable Shri Manishankar Aiyar Union Minister of Panchayati Raj

  1. Good news on the population front
  2. Negative impact of imposing two-child election norms
  3. Limited impact of two—child norm on India’s population growth
  4. Arguments against penalties
  5. Arguments against China’s one—child policy
  6. Economic prosperity and population size: common misconceptions
  7. Population stabilization: six policy lessons

1. Good News on the Population Front

Fertility transition in India is well underway. Birth rates have been — and continue — to fall.

  • India’s annual population growth rate that was 2.14 percent between 1981–91 fell, for the first time, to below 2 percent (1.93 percent) between 1991–2001.
  • There is all—round slowing down ...

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