Does Population Cause Poverty or Prosperity

Can Population be a Cause for Prosperity?


Author: Sunaina Mathur, Researcher at Centre for Civil Society, New Delhi

Issue: Population (110)

Date: 1st June, 2018



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. However, if
population is an obstacle to growth, how is it that the densely populated urban areas
are hubs of growth and prosperity? Population becomes a cause for prosperity if
humans utilise their capacity to think, research and create. When equipped with the
right resources and opportunities, humans act as a catalyst for their own growth and


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