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Population Explosion of India

December 10, 2011  by: S. Chowdhury  Points: 12   Category: Others  Earning $0.50   Views: 709

The population of the world is increasing and India is probably the single major contributor to it at present. Things need to change before it is too late.

         

Excessive population has always far reaching consequences. The resources of earth are not perpetual and would perish eventually at some point of time but it would perish faster if planet earth continues to be overburdened by population. Apart from that there would be more problems like poverty, unemployment, malnutrition, food scarcity, lack of basic amenities including healthcare, illiteracy, higher crime rates and many other vices as a direct fallout to the overburdening of population.

The population of the world has touched seven billion recently and continues to grow perniciously. India is second among the most populous nations after China with 1.21 billion people and occupying over 17 per cent of the total world population according to the March1, 2011 census report and it is also projected that by 2025 India will surpass China and become the most populous nation of the world. That would probably be the last nail in our coffin!

Even though the birth rate of India has declined a bit but that doesn't lessen the concern one bit. It still continues to rise menacingly. According to the United Nations estimates by the year 2050 the world population will be around 9.2 billion and that of India's will be around 1.66 billion. It is time we ponder over this issue that is our country and economy ready to take that amount of extra load of people.


The Population Explosion of India

Though it might sound contentious but it is a well-known fact that in general the poorer and illiterate section of the society is primarily responsible for overburdening the nation with population as the population growth rate have more or less stabilized among the other economically stronger and educated sections in society. Despite so many awareness campaigns from various Governments and NGOs all seem to have fell on deaf ears. Illiteracy, superstition, backwardness, early marriages, marriage before legal age, narrow religious sentiments are the primary reasons of it.

China has been able to check their population growth rate via their highly contentious one-child policy that is being used forcefully by their Government on the people. Even though one might not get that far but some restrictive or punitive measures must be implemented which would act as a deterrent for those families who seem to produce in plenty.

According to the World Bank India is one of the highest in the world in having underweight children. As per the United Nations reports India have the highest number of undernourished children in the World. The UNICEF says that 47 per cent of children in India are underweight. The Global Hunger Index ranks India only above a few African countries and Bangladesh. All of these damaging statistics are a direct result of extremely high population, which creates a situation like this. Though there are other issues like corruption that play an important role but things wouldn't have come to such a pass had their been a much lesser population.

No political party in present India either forming a Government or intending to form a Government would take any tough measure towards controlling population, as they would love their vote bank to grow. It has once been tried in the past by the Indira Gandhi Government in 1976 through compulsory sterilization policies but a loss in the elections in 1977 ensured that it won't be tried again. If those steps seem harsh doing nothing other than spreading mere awareness campaigns doesn't make sense either. It is time the elected representatives took a hard look at the future of the country in terms of population.

I personally don't think anything other than strong restrictive birth control policies will put a check to the population explosion of India. If no one bells the cat it will get fatter till it explodes (don't know what would happen then)!




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Author: joeldgreat        
Posted Date: 12/12/2011    Points:4    

We are already at 100 million mark. For a very small country like mine, that would be the same ratio as yours. Over population is not only a problem with your country but to most of other countries as well. Some countries had there family planning program amended to make more restrictions on birth control programs. Some limits the quantity of children they will have. Sometimes, I would think that one of the cause is the lack of education for both our people. The poorer people are, they more their children is. The higher the population growth, the poorer the country will be.
Author: Joina        
Posted Date: 03/27/2015    Points:5    

Population growth is the change in population over time and can be qualified as the change in the number of individuals in a population using "per unit time" for measurement. Overpopulation has a negative impact on the environment due to pollution. The more people there are, the more resources they use and the more pollution that results. This pollution may include air pollution due to increased fossil fuel emissions from vehicles or land or water pollution due to increased amount of waste. Population increase as people are born or immigrate into a country and decrease as people die or emigrate. Rates of population growth usually expressed as a percentage vary greatly.

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