Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed one of the most important issues of the country, in his Independence Day speech.
He has made it clear that his govt considers “population explosion” to be in the way of India’s further development. Narendra Modi praised the virtue of small families and urged the centre and the state to come with measures to tackle this “uncontrolled growth”. And indeed if not controlled, in another 7 years, India is going to overtake China to become the most populous country in the world.
However, this isn’t the first time in the history of our country’s post-independence period when a govt has tried to control the population. A family planning scheme was launched back in 1951 making India the first-ever country to launch a state-sponsored program for population control.