HEALTH / POPULATION
Planning families, planning progress
As India moves closer to the deadline to meet its Millennium Development Goals, the critical need for effective family
planning interventions and greater awareness of the same become more pronounced, writes
Is Mumbai growing anymore?
Contrary to popular belief, there are not that many migrants coming to Mumbai in search of jobs anymore. Planners and politicians
need to introspect on why.
Girl children who were given names that reflected their unwanted status are being renamed in Maharashtra, in a new initiative to
reverse the decline in sex ratio.
Masculinisation of India
The child sex ratio continues to follow the worsening trend established decades ago. Demographers
predict that India's population will remain overly masculine for a long time.
By the Holy book
A family planning programme in Assam uses texts from the Holy Quran, encouraging husbands to accept sterilisation
to promote the health and well-bring of their family.
Counting people, discounting their worth
One often hears that the country's large population is at the heart of many of its troubles, but doing the numbers
doesn't suggest anything of that sort. Still, in an important way, it does have to do with people.
UNREPORTED GIRL BIRTHS
A newborn's first right
Less than 50% of girl child births are being registered by parents because of
gender bias, says former Census Commissioner Jayant Banthia.
The lucky rag picker
She only knows at the end of each day whether there will be enough money to
survive tomorrow. Does this woman have rights, the
right to produce a child?
Less populous, more powerful
Some states wield more power in Parliament than they would
if MP seat shares were fixed on the basis of population alone.
The Census revelations
The brouhaha over the data on religious communities has subsided.
But the greatest revelation of the Census is about the missing girl child.
New govt's population control thrust
UP has the highest maternal mortality figures in the country and the condition of sterilization camps in the state
is abysmal. The new govt's stress on
population control targeting could make things worse.
Sex ratio: the hidden horrors
The Overall Sex Ratio unexpectedly
improved during the 1990s. The reason - millions of males are
falling victim to illnesses at much faster rates, skewing the
Two children, countless wrongs
Invest in health, avoid reactionary policies.