ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Family Planning and Fertility

Regulating Reproduction in India's Population: Efforts, Results and Recommendations by K Srinivasan; Sage Publishers, 1995; pp 329, Rs 350. THE Indian population is likely to cross the billion mark by the end of the century. Although the population growth rate has at last begun to show signs of deceleration, it may remain high for many more decades: high enough, according to some plausible projections, to make us the most populous country in the world by the middle of the next century or a little later. That dubious distinction we will attain because in China the deceleration in population growth started much earlier than in India. In this context it is necessary to remember that India was probably the first country to have started a family planning programme. Our experience in the last lour decades or so with the population control programmes therefore requires study, especially to understand why they have not been very successful.

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