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Census of India 2001 and After

It goes to the credit of the 2001 Census Commissioner that he could at once see a shocking aspect of this Census, namely, a sharp decline in the female-male ratio in several states. Migration cannot explain this phenomenon which must be the consequence of female foeticide on a massive scale, if not female infanticide and higher female child mortality rates. It is unfortunate that even in the progressive south Indian states, except Kerala, the child sex ratio has declined.

Health for All by 2000:Broken Promises

The people's health assembly held in Dhaka, last December was as much a reassertion of people's solidarity as it was a massive show of protest against the increasingly anti-people policies of international agencies, TNCs and national governments.

Population Data 'Mela'

While Indian and American scholars have put in painstaking work in generating and documenting the recently released National Family Health Survey (NFHS), second round, the data need to be whetted and re-examined at technical seminars, before being disseminated widely.

Are Natural Disasters Manmade?

The new state of Uttaranchal will have more than its share of natural disasters if the greedy contractors and timber bandits who are in league with corrupt politicians and bureaucrats get away and fool the people in the name of development of infrastructure.

From Population to Pests in Punjab

More important than research on cotton pests and pesticides is the need to understand the process of social transformation in 'modernising' environment like Punjab's and a bold plan for mobilising youth.

Empowerment of Women

Celebrations and orientation programmes are certainly important for awareness generation and advocacy of grass roots democracy. But how far do they go in actually empowering women?

Ecology, Economy and Society in Himalayan Villages

The complex ecology and biodiversity of hill regions and the role the forests play in the delicately balanced economy of the area needs to be taken into account in formulating development policies. Even more important is the issue of how the local people can be made to participate effectively in programmes of development. This is not going to be easy and outsiders, even committed NGOs can only be catalysts.

Reaching the Unreached in Uttarakhand

The basic problem in the Uttarakhand region is the hilly terrain and the absence of a transportation network, making access to basic needs like water and sanitation, primary health care and education almost impossible on a universal basis. The unreached have to be reached. Some observations on the problem of drinking water.

North-South Divide in India's Demographic Scene

The buffoonery over the country's population crossing the one billion mark is no doubt hilarious, but we have allowed ourselves to be carried away by numbers and failed to grasp the more fundamental demographic issues facing our economy and society. One such issue is discussed here.

National Population Policy, 2000

As the country gets ready for the 2001 Census of India, the prospect of confronting the new population figures which will reflect the differential growth rates of population among the states has prompted the Vajpayee government to present, at last, the new population policy.

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