Friday, August 29, 2008

Bumps on Kerala’s ride to zero population growth

For 30 years Kerala has been inching towards zero population growth. Experts believe that in another 30 years it will reach that ideal state. But, then, the course of idealism, like that of love, never runs smooth.

Overcome by the fear of being overwhelmed by others, leaders of a religious minority are egging on the faithful to produce more children so that the tribe's number goes up. In an apparent response to the move, a government-appointed commission is considering a proposal to penalize those who reject the 'small family' norm.

The above are the opening lines of an article distributed by the Indo-Asian News Service. The article appears in full at

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