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Religion and Fertility: Buttressing the Case

overall fertility of Muslims is as high as 3.44 against 2.82 in Christians. Similarly, Religion and Fertility: though the gap between Hindu and Muslim fertility narrows down with advance in education, the gap in overall fertility is Buttressing the Case very wide. Thus, the gap in Muslim and B C MEHTA Jayaraj and Subramanian in their review (March 20, 2004: 1227-36) of Religious Demography of India authored by Joshi et al brought out the extent of the wilful misuse of demography and mathematical tools for buttressing the communal prejudices of the authors. In this short note, some additional information on religion and fertility is provided for supplementing the arguments of Jayaraj and Subramanian. These are based on the fertility tables of Census of India, 1991.

Free Primary Education

'Free' Primary Education B C Mehta IN a comprehensive review of the primary education scenario, Tilak (1996) marshals evidence to Show that 'free' primary education in India is after all not so free. However, some of the statements made by Tilak do not seem to be correct To quote, "About 85 per cent of the students in government primary schools in rural areas, and about half the students in government primary schools in urban areas receive tuition-free education...ie, 15 percent of the students in rural areas, and nearly half the students in government schools in urban areas pay tuition fee" [Tilak 1996: 356]. This statement is not correct. The confusion has arisen because of the peculiar way in which the data have been presented by the NSSO. Let usexaminethedatamoreclosely. The information is extracted from NSSO (1991) Table 8.1.3. Tilak presents it in his Table 16. The data in Table 8.1.3 of NSSO are to be read row-wise. For recomputation, we present the data in Table I. This is also the reconstructed Table 16 of Tilak.

RAJASTHAN-Costs of Eradicating Illiteracy

dit for such purposes. Certainly, the but with the prices of wage goods the other costs. current situation is not comparable to what was prevailing in 1974-75. But the so-called demand recession has resulted in a build-up of inventories of a different kind. The implications of this state of affairs is that the use of the interest rate mechanism by itself is not enough to control credit expansion and that, even at the present level of interest rates, credit expansion does not necessarily go into production or investment.

Population Growth in Rajasthan-An Econometric Analysis

Population Growth in Rajasthan People resist compulsion in the sphere of birth control; and voluntary restriction of the size of family depends upon certain motivational factors which in turn depend upon socio-economic conditions. It is, therefore, pertinent to study the effects of various socio-economic conditions on the different elements of population growth.

Inter-Sectoral Balance in Fourth Plan-A Demonstration Exercise

The Approach to the Fourth Plan considers 5 per cent and 10 per cent growth rates for agricultural and industrial sectors, respectively, as feasible, along with price and exchange stability. This paper shows that these growth rates imply that the final demand for agricultural goods should be limited to 69 per cent of the output of the agricultural sector instead of 76 per cent as at present. Since exports are targeted to increase by 7 per cent per year, domestic consumption will have to be curtailed drastically.
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