Many thanks to Shiv Khare for this article.
Every year in India, shanty towns mushroom in the cities, cities sprawl into farmland and the country increases by the population of Australia.
Every day, every minute, on trains and buses, on footpaths and streets, the country squeezes and shrinks and sucks in its breath to push too many people into too little space.
India has fallen behind in the race to meet the Millennium Development Goals for reducing its birth rate by 2015. Only about half of India’s 26 states have reached the targeted level of two children per mother.
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