ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailPositive ArrowIcon Print
© Illustration by Kyoko Nemoto
Asia Insight

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.

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

Nikkei Asian Review, now known as Nikkei Asia, will be the voice of the Asian Century.

Celebrate our next chapter
Free access for everyone - Sep. 30

Find out more