Why West Bengal is like Canada, and Bihar like Swaziland
Fertility rates vary dramatically across the country
India’s population growth has always been a big headache for policymakers since independence. India was the first developing country to declare a policy to reduce fertility in 1952, but the country’s record in tempering population growth lagged behind many others. However, fresh demographic data published by the Census office earlier this week shows India has made rapid strides in reducing fertility levels over the past decade and, if current trends continue, India’s population is likely to stabilize in the next couple of decades.