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To save the world, to protect the tomorrow, we have to control the population today

by Rinku Khumukcham
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By: Vinod Chandrashekhar Dixit
Recently former Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Pravin Togadia has described India’s rising population as a “ticking time bomb” and stressed the need to formulate a law to prevent its explosion and the resulting adverse effects. To gauge the mammoth rise of the Indian population, the most ideal places to visit are Metro stations, airports, malls, railway stations and bus stands. This great awareness event is to bring a population revolution globally as well as breaking sleep of all the deeply slept people to pay their full attention and help in combating this population issue. From 1960 to 2021 the population of India increased from 450.55 million to 1.41 billion people. This is a growth of 212.4 percent in 61 years. The highest increase in India was recorded in 1974 with 2.36 percent. The smallest increase in 2021 with 0.80 percent.
Dr. Abdul Kalam had a vision 2020 to see a developed India. We all know it would take a miracle to get there but if we can stabilize population with zero growth rate by 2020 that will certainly lay the foundation. A mission mode strategy will have to be thought of for population stabilization in critical states.
Much of population increase is among the poorest socio-economic strata. It would be ideal for a country like India to be more progressive in outlook and shed inhibitions when it comes to free distribution of contraceptives and condoms among the poor. India, the second most populous country in the world, is projected to surpass China by 2025. The growth of population reached nearly one billion in 1830 and second billion in the next 100 years. Thereafter the growth was tremendous for within a span of 30 years it reach 3 billion, the fourth billion in 15 years and the firth billion in only 12 years. It is predicted to exceed the population at 9 billion by 2050. More than one billion people do not have access to clean drinking water. A total of 2.7 billion find water scarce for at least one month of the year. A world of 7 billion is both a challenge and an opportunity with implications on sustainability, urbanization, access to health services and youth empowerment.
If we continue to grow in numbers relentlessly, we would be hard-pressed for resources. Land, housing, water, and food would be scarce. Forests and greenery would be history by then. Our quality of life would be poor. So we have to tackle the population growth right now. It is the responsibility of every one of us collectively and not just a decision to be made by individuals. Women have the ability and capacity to change the society. Ensuring that they get good education is very important for the society.
In spite of the fact that the population policies, family planning and welfare programmes undertaken by the Govt. of India have led to a continuous decrease in the fertility rate, yet the actual stabilisation of population can take place only by 2050. More efforts need to make people aware about population issues like importance of family planning towards the increasing population, gender equality, maternal and baby health, poverty, human rights, right to health, sexuality education, use of contraceptives and safety measures like condoms, reproductive health, adolescent pregnancy, girl child education, child marriage, sexually transmitted infections and so many. World Population has witnesses a rapid growth in the last 200 years. Countries like China and India together constitutes 37% of the total world population. Population increase is taking away all the developmental results of our nation.

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