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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Single Child: Alone or not?- My response which appeared in 'THE HINDU' Sunday Magazine

http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/mag/2010/12/19/index.htm






What  was an exception in the yesteryears has become a rule now with the changing priorities of women. The women of today are more educated and career-minded and they look forward to achieving something in life and so they do not want to get bogged down by spending all the years bringing up the children. They feel that with a single child, they can give the best to him/her and also pursue their careers. But this is more prevalent in urban areas and metros and the population growth rate happens more in the rural areas in our country where the single child is not yet a norm. China implemented the rule of one-child norm and thus was able to reduce the growth rate significantly. This will not be easily possible in India, but if we educate and provide employment to the rural and poor women in our country, it will not only make our country prosper, but will also reduce the population growth rate, as their priorities will also change.
Deepa Nagaraj
Bengaluru