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Analysis

53 million-plus cities vs 355 million-plus districts

By Rahul Goswami

 Migration

As long as the fixation with high economic growth rates continues, the focus in India will be on urban growth, at the expense of rural resilience, writes Rahul Goswami in this analysis of important data on rural India thrown up by Census 2011

The regular release of data by the Census of India is slowly building up the picture of human development and social sector gaps over the last decade.

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News

Child sex ratio falls further, according to provisional census data

Provisional data from the 2011 census reveals that the numbers are up but the growth rate is down. And the child sex ratio shows fewer female children born or surviving than in the previous decade

India’s population has reached 1.21 billion (121 crore), indicating a rise of 17.64%, or 181 million, in the last 10 years, according to preliminary results of the 15th census released on March 31, 2011. The provisional population report is arrived at by adding the population as reported by each enumerator for the enumeration block assigned to him/her.

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Books & Reports

State of World Population 2003: Investing in Adolescents' Health and Rights

The recently released State of World Population 2003: Investing in Adolescents' Health and Rights report by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)examines the challenges and risks faced by the younger generation, all of which have a direct bearing on their physical, emotional and mental well-being

State of World Population 2003: Investing in Adolescents' Health and Rights begins with the statement that, today, millions of adolescents and young people face problems of early marriage and childbearing, incomplete education and the very serious threat of HIV/AIDS.

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Features

Listening now

By Rashme Sehgal

Delhi's sex ratio has become more and more skewed over the years. One study of families which already have one or more daughters shows just 219 girls being born for every 1,000 boy

What is happening to the state of Delhi? It may boast a higher standard of living compared to the rest of India , as also a rich and seminar-trotting elite. Yet when it comes to sex ratios, and the practice of sex selective abortions, it is these rich up-market families that are proving far more intolerant of the girl-child than their rural counterparts.

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Backgrounders

Population : Background & Perspective

By Sandhya Srinivasan

 PopulationThe world has a population of 6 billion. India alone has a population of 1 billion. Despite the fact that India was the first country in the world to have a population policy. But is this mammoth population really cause for alarm? It could be more important to understand the factors that led to this population explosion and the complex links between population growth rates and levels of development. And to acknowledge that India is in the midst of a demographic transition, with fertility rates definitely declining, though not as fast as was expected.

Stories of Change

Population growth rate drops in Kerala's most populous district

The Muslim community in Malappuram district of Kerala are taking to family planning in a big way, a positive indication of social change in the community.

Malappuram district in Kerala, one of the very few districts in the country where Muslims are in a majority (it has a two-thirds Muslim population), has registered a two-digit fall in the decadal rate of population growth. This is significant because Muslims are traditionally considered hostile to family planning.

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Statistics

Industry-wise Classification of Workers in India

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Proportion of Workers and Non-workers in India

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Population Growth in India since 1901

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Distribution of Population, Sex ratio, Density and Decadal growth rate of Population: 2001

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