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Should India take steps in controlling their population?

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Started: 3/17/2016 Category: Society
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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wishwasher12

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Yes! It's no secret that India is heavily overpopulated. After China established their one-child policy (now two children), India will soon have the most people. As of 2015, India holds 17% of the world's population.

While at face value, it seems beneficial to have such high birth rates at astonishing speeds (in 1985, India held 782,085,127 people. In 2016, they now have 1,326,801,576. In just 31 years, that's 544,716,449 people! [stats via http://www.worldometers.info...]), with having a huge work force to bring up the country out of poverty, statistics show that India won't be able to sustain such a huge amount of people in an already strained country even with the entering workforce. The population density in India is 446 per Km2 (1,156 people per mi2). Families become malnourished and uneducated from lack of resources. And when this young work force becomes old, how will India have enough money to care for them? When the resources to support so many people will become strained, the Indian people will look outward to find help by moving to different countries, making it become a world problem. Already, most of the problems in India (the heavy pollution, lack of education, etc.) derive from the sheer amount of people. By 2050, India will have 1.69 billion people, easily surpassing China. I believe there must be measures taken before this problem gets out of hand.
b16jack

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In India, poverty and malnourishment has been a difficult problem ever since their constitution was founded. To blame the growth in population may be a fraction of the problem, but limiting and taking away the rights of families should not be the first measure taken to decrease poverty rates and malnourishment. The Indian Constitution discriminated against the Dalits, or the Untouchables. They were given less education, and less employment opportunity due to them being of the lowest social class. This systemic segregation against a certain group of people in India has lead to great issues concerning the level of employment. To this day, Dalits are looked down on by landlords, and farmers. They are turned down, because they are thought to be thieves. The societal view towards the Dalits is so negative and institutionally discriminate to this day, that a large number of Indians suffer from poverty and malnourishment due to lack of employment- 150 million Dalits. After the Indians were colonized by the British, tribes and religions were forced to live door by door. Many of these tribes had extremely tense relations, and this led to extreme turmoil throughout India, with tribal tensions, and destructive relations between Indian Muslims and Hindus. (http://www.poverties.org...) Indian government is in a position where it is extremely difficult to address certain institutional, socioeconomic problems, and it may be much easier to say that the density of people in India is what must be fixed. But without properly addressing the issues of social and institutional inequality, the poverty rates will keep increasing drastically-regardless of population density. Indian government has continued efforts to increase education and other social welfare programs, which are absolutely necessary to decrease poverty. But first, there must be a stable, involved economy. This means that to get such a large number of people out of poverty, the government must invest in small business, and agriculture-give Indians the tools they need to thrive, as well as a stable education and a social programs safety net. So many Indians are involved in the agriculture industry, but can not profit their gains due to lack of tools to do so; Selling their harvest for enough profit, and having the right equipment for the harvest to be profitable. But Indian Government has neglected to further investments in small business, agriculture, and industry, which could potentially employ so many people and supply them with a stable income.

The government must insure Indians have the tools they need to succeed economically, this will drastically decrease the rates of poverty and malnourishment. They must not infringe on the moral and ethical values of Indian families.
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