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Population growth and its consequences is a highly complex and controversial issue Curbing population should be a central issue in everycountrys list of problems Overpopulation is responsible for the deterioration of the quality of human life in all parts of the world It has been responsible for the intolerable gap in living standards between the rich and poor people The rich are getting richer but the more numerous poor are getting poorer I myself being from the second most populated country in the world India with a population of over one billion can relate to and identify with the curses of overpopulation and the immediate need to control the current population explosion One of the major problems that India faces is overpopulation The population of India is expected to surpass China by 2050 and reach the two million mark by the year 3000 Although the crude birth rate has decreased from 50 per thousand to 36 per thousand as of 1995 still a lot needs to be done to rescue India from the shackles of overpopulation www2cwrlutexasedu Overpopulation in India has considerably affected the lives of its people by degrading the standard of living and threatening the cultural environment of the Indian masses Poverty is rampant It is estimated that 300 million Indians live below the poverty level Unless steps are taken to curb this massive population explosion experts predict a social explosion in the coming years According to Amartya Sen Indias Nobel prize-winning economist the literacy rate is 52 of adults and malnourishment strikes 64 of the Indian children A recent study showed that more than half of the children under 12 in seven Indian cites are affected with lead poisoning wwwsecularhumanismorg Thus the Population explosion is burdening the people of India both economically and socially During my stay in India I noticed that because of lack of money and population pressure basic
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