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Demographic Dividend

Fools say population is a problem.

Greater fools agree with them.

Wise people say India’s population growth is a demographic dividend.

India’s population was 55 crores in 1971. Many predicted dire consequences if the population growth is not stopped.

Now in 2010 India’s population is around 110 crores. The country is thriving. The prophets of doom have been proved wrong.

In 1971 the number of TV sets, refrigerators, cards and telephones in India was in thousands. In 2010 it is in crores. India has made tremendous progress.

What happens in 2030 and 2050 is difficult to predict. There is no need for gloom. We may be better off than we are today.

UP’s population may be 18 crores. That does not mean it will keep increasing or remain the same. Ganges is drying. UP may have less people in 2030 than today.

There has been increase in food production over the years. There is enough for all people in India. The problem is in distribution. Food storage is not proper. Food rots in godowns or outside godowns.

It is for couples to decide how many children they want to have. Restricting the number by law is against the human or natural right of the couple.

Those who say Kerala and Tamil Nadu have done well to control population forget about migration. Many people from these states have migrated to other states or countries.

European countries with zero population growth have immigrants from Africa.

At one time Japan’s economy was number one in the world. Its economy declined with decreasing population. Australia, Russia, Germany, France, Japan, Singapore and South Korea want to increase their population.

Population finds its level. Money should not be spent to control population.

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