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India's 'two-child policy' debate underscores deep social divisions

The rich fear demographic changes that could threaten the establishment

KIRAN SHARMA, Nikkei staff writer | India

NEW DELHI -- A combination of rapid population expansion and technological change is threatening to stunt India's development and even tear its society apart -- at least according to growing circles of politicians and businesspeople who advocate strict controls on family size.

In those circles, there are fears that villages and urban slums will become hotbeds of overpopulation. This year, in particular, calls are mounting for the government to clamp down on births to address problems such as air pollution and youth unemployment.

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