Basic problem of many Developing Countries with weak governance that they have not corrected their population problems. India now has 1.2 billion people, far far too many in such a poor country, and with the exception of Indira Gandhi no Indian government has seriously attempted to curb India's rapid rise in population which will reach a staggering 1.5 billion surpassing China in 2025.
Most Indian cities and general habitations are filthy, squalid, poverty stricken, smelly, dusty, disorganized, noisy, with beggars every where, and cows roaming freely, shitting every where....and with high levels of crime. No wonder only a few million tourists visit this vast country with a very rich heritage.
India is a "visual feast".....and one does not have to be an economics professor to see the reality of the country.
The sex ratio imbalance is sad, and only shows the general backwardness and ignorance of the people. However one hopes rather optimistically that demand for girls will rise at a certain critical point, fingers crossed.
In this failed state desperate scenario, 9% annual growth rates means very little, given the extreme wealth gap between the rich and the poor. In a nation where the elite educate their children in foreign rich countries and deposit their wealth in foreign tax havens.
SOUTH ASIA, must institute serious population controls or risk social and political instability related to over population. Its not about growing more food, on limited finite land using American designed Monsanto foods, where both Pakistan and India will face serious water shortage problems in the near future, its about controlling the population.
Though year in year out idiot Indian experts talk about how the young generation will create new demands and markets, pushing the country into rapid further development......however what they fail to mention is the poor governance of the central authorities in Delhi who are unable to utilize the full potential of the state, and that only a few sectors, which are not necessary labor intensive, or ever will are taking the Indian economy ahead allegedly, as stated by the Central government and their statisticians. But how much of that is real growth which is sustainable, and which will create real jobs for the newer generations?
India's population rises to 1.2 billion: Census of India 2011By Times of India via PTI
India's population rose to 1.21 billion people over the last 10 years — an increase by 181 million, according to the new census released today, but significantly the growth is slower for the first time in nine decades.
The population, which accounts for world's 17.5 per cent population, comprises 623.7 million males and 586.5 million females, said a provisional 2011 Census report. China is the most populous nation acounting for 19.4 per cent of the global population.
The country's headcount is almost equal to the combined population of the United States, Indonesia, Brazil, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Japan put together, it said.
The population has increased by more than 181 million during the decade 2001-2011, the report said. The growth rate in 2011 is 17.64 per cent in comparison to 21.15 per cent in 2001.
The 2001-2011 period is the first decade — with exception of 1911-1921 — which has actually added lesser population compared to the previous decade, Registrar General of India and Census Commissioner of India C Chandramauli said in presence of Home Secretary Gopal K Pillai.
Among the states and Union territories, Uttar Pradesh is the most populous state with 199 million people and Lakshadweep the least populated at 64,429.
The combined population of UP and Maharashtra is bigger than that of the US.
(Read: Major highlights of the Census 2011)
(Read: Literacy rises by 9.2%, now 74.04%)
The highest population density is in Delhi's north-east district (37,346 per sq km) while the lowest is in Dibang Valley in Arunachal Pradesh (just one per sq km).
The Census indicated a continuing preference for male children over female children. The latest child sex ratio in is 914 female against 1,000 male—the lowest since Independence.
"This is a matter of grave concern," Chandramauli said.
According to the data, literates constitute 74 per cent of the total population aged seven and above and illiterates form 26 per cent.
The literacy rate has gone up from 64.83 per cent in 2001 to 74.04 per cent in 2011 showing an increase of 9.21 per cent.