Feeling Claustrophobic isn't it???? Crowded MRTS trains and city buses, people milling about with no space even for an errant elbow in T.Nagar, long-queues everywhere even for buying groceries, clearing-up of the only wet-land habitat in Chennai near Pallikaranai for housing (with ever-booming Real Estate businesses) and for waste-disposal, etc. all reminds us one thing. The strain that the superfulous population is placing on a fragile planet! With the world population clock ticking seven billion, how is India going to experience this scenario of opportunities and challenges???
|SEVEN BILLION: Mark of celebration or a catastrophe??|
The arival of baby Nargis, the world's most symbolic seven billionth person, on monday near Lucknow was greeted with much merriment, fanfare and publicity. Whether we deserve deserve to pat ourselves on the back on reaching this milestone is a matter of debate. With 1.21 billion people and a decadal growth rate of 17.64 percent (2011 census), India adds more people that anyother nation in the world and the individual population of some of its states is equal to the population of many countries! We dream for "Super Power India 2020", but nothing can prevent the 2025 reality of India overtaking China to become the world's most populous country. So, it is unsubtle that our generation would face a world of 'contradictions' - plenty of food, but still a billion people going to bed hungry every night; many people enjoying luxuries, but still many are impoverished.
We also have two contrasting demographics within ourselves. Some states like Tamil Nadu, Andra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala have already achieved favourable sex ratios and the replacement level fertility of 2.1 children per women required to initiate the process of population stabilisation, while others like Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Rajastan, etc. have a long way to go.