Overpopulation Clouds India’s Future

GR:  You may find it interesting that Indians are calling for government intervention to slow population growth. They already tried that beginning in the 1960’s. They failed. Stephen Hawking believes that humanity will destroy life on this planet and must move to the stars or die. Notwithstanding the emigration imperative, I plan to refuse to enter the B Ark when exit time comes.

“India has made great economic strides in recent decades. During that time, the country’s middle class has grown considerably even as there is controversy as to how much. Nevertheless, a dark cloud hangs over India’s future, and that cloud is overpopulation.There may be as few as 2,200 wild tigers in India today. In 1900,there were an estimated 100,000 in multiple countries.

“As Indian commentator Rumani Saikia Phkan observed, “Every nook and corner of India is a clear display of increasing population. Whether you are in a metro station, airport, railway station, road, highway, bus stop, hospital, shopping mall, market, temple, or even in a social/religious gathering, we see all these places are overcrowded at any time of the day. This is a clear indication of overpopulation in the country.” Among the negative consequences of too many people, says Phkan, are unemployment, excessive pressure on infrastructure and natural resources depletion.”

“With a current population of 1.25 billion, India is a country with approximately four times the population of the United States with only one-third the land area. And the numbers continue rising. Within the next ten years, India will pass China to become the world’s most populous country. By 2050, if current trends hold, India will add 450 million more people – a figure considerably higher than the current U.S. population of 320 million.

“Feeding this bourgeoning population will be a challenge. In the 1960s, a number of analysts predicted that India would suffer a major famine, with her population at that time of 500 million exceeding her ability to feed them. Fortunately, India dodged the famine bullet, largely through the work of an American agronomist named Norman Borlaug. His research played a key role in creating the “Green Revolution,” an application of science to agriculture which greatly increased crop yields.–John Vinson (continue:  Overpopulation Clouds India’s Future)

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