The Human Flood That Could Swamp India

Timid politicians still aren't giving leadership on family planning

At a bustling street corner in downtown New Delhi, a big electronic board is clicking ominously. Once every two seconds--or 2,055 times every hour--the clock ticks to show another baby's birth somewhere in India. Last reading--949 million. At this rate, India will surpass China as the most populous nation within 50 years, with 1.62 billion people.

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