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Does Population Cause Poverty or Prosperity

As Indians, many of us including our present and past governments are guilty of ascribing India’s problems to the meteoric rise in   its  population. From a very young age, our schools teach children about India’s population ‘problem’ making it out to be the root cause of most of the challenges that the country is facing. This belief is reinforced through various mediums, formal and informal, at all stages in our lives until we are convinced that population is truly India’s nemesis. Our understanding of problems is misplaced, which is why the State has pursued fruitless strategies like mass sterilisation implemented by Sanjay Gandhi, a Congress leader who spearheaded the programme as a measure to control  population explosion. Such gross violations of  individual freedom is justified, even lauded, in the name of ‘public good’. If population is an obstacle to growth, how is it that the densely populated urban areas are...

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