Raghu, Dr. Raghuveer Moudgal, seeing that I was concerned about Indian population growth sent me this link: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=the-reproductive-revoluti
I guess he wanted me to feel a little better! The article, excerpts from a book, says that the population growth is indeed on a downward trend and the world population would level around 9 Billion by the middle of this century. It has elicited a number of comments which shows that people do take population growth issues seriously. Opposite views about how, in some sections of India and other developing countries and of religions opposed to birth control, women would not be permitted to choose this option of having fewer children reduced my euphoria!
While the message tries to reassure, the numbers are still huge and I get nervous thinking about another 50% being added all across. Especially as the forecast being optimistic, growth could go higher. In any case the numbers for India would surely be higher and predictably those below the poverty line would continue to swell!
I was talking to Raghu (Lt.Gen.D. Raghunath) about this and he felt that the situation could create tensions as the ratios would be skewed towards religious and other groups which encouraged people to have more offspring!
I suppose the teeming (or swarming?) millions would still find a way to survive and those who managed these swarms of people would continue to flourish!