ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Population : Another Opportunity

Another Opportunity Almost a quarter of a century after the first national population policy was put on paper, a jumbo commission comprising some 100 members has been constituted to oversee the implementation of yet another policy. Those 24-odd years have seen tremendous changes in our understanding of demographic transformation. Most importantly, demographic change, it is well understood today, is prompted by a number of factors that act differently in different socio-economic and cultural environments.

Almost a quarter of a century after the first national population policy was put on paper, a jumbo commission comprising some 100 members has been constituted to oversee the implementation of yet another policy. Those 24-odd years have seen tremendous changes in our understanding of demographic transformation. Most importantly, demographic change, it is well understood today, is prompted by a number of factors that act differently in different socio-economic and cultural environments.

This would have led, one would assume, to a very different outlook on population. However, in a global environment dripping with a horrified concern over numbers, India's deeper understanding of population dynamics and the complex factors that contribute to a family's decision on its size, gleaned from one of the oldest family planning programmes in the world and its enviable database, has found no takers. And so India too has been persuaded, and quite easily, to formulate a population policy and set up an unwieldy commission to push it along.

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