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The Global Spread of Fertility DeclinePopulation, Fear, and Uncertainty$
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Jay Winter and Michael Teitelbaum

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300139068

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300139068.001.0001

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Population and Politics in India

Population and Politics in India

(p.139) Five Population and Politics in India
The Global Spread of Fertility Decline

Jay Winter

Michael Teitelbaum

Yale University Press

This chapter first offers a rough sketch of post-1980 demographic developments in India and then turns to population policies and the controversies surrounding them. The Indian story is one in which the intrusion of the state and international agencies into the realm of family formation took on a striking form and force that separates it from other national stories surveyed in this book. India is also a case demonstrating truly exceptional levels of diversity within the same country. The changing and variegated Indian experiences in the politics and policies of population provide abundant evidence that politics needs to be defined as something that happens on many levels, and that population policies almost always fail when they appear from on high.

Keywords:   demographic developments, India, population policies, family formation, diversity

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