22nd October 2010
India could have had 40 crore less people, with much higher standard of living
This is something I wrote a long time ago – I think for the Julian Simon memorial seminar organised by the Liberty Institute in Delhi in 2000 (in which his son had attended), and put it up on IPI's website. I might not agree with everything I wrote then, but it is likely to be broadly OK. Have a read and send me your comments!
A vast majority of people, particularly policy makers in India, continue to feel that population is bad and must be 'contained,' as viewed by Ms. Krishna Singh, Member-Secretary, National Population Council, expressed in a seminar on population organized by Liberty Institute on the 16th of July. Accordingly, the National Population Policy, 2000 states, "Stabilising population is an essential requirement for promoting sustainable development with more equitable distribution." The Representative of UNFPA, Michael Vlassoff also holds an identical view, expressed in this seminar. This view hinges on the theoretical belief (empirically repudiated by a vast majority of studies) that population size has a direct effect on the incomes and quality of life of a people.