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India’s population growth: A dividend or a crisis?

Children eat their government-provided midday meal in a village school in Darbhanga in the eastern state of Bihar. ST PHOTO: NIRMALA GANAPATHY
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NEW DELHI - In India, around 23 million babies were born in 2022, far outstripping births in any other country.

This is as China saw only 9.56 million births in the same year. On Jan 17 this year, it announced a drop in total population for the first time in six decades in 2022 – by some 850,000 people to 1.411 billion, close to India’s 1.38 billion to 1.41 billion, according to different estimates.

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