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Essence of the theory predicted by Malthus (a British political economist) is that if the population is allowed to grow unchecked then at some point the food supply will fall short of feeding the population, leading to massive starvation and deaths. Is India nearing this danger mark looking at the predictions that India will become the most populous country in the world by 2025? Your views?

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Asked by Good Citizen, 09 Jan '11 01:03 pm
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Yes it was Thomas Malthus who predicted that population is bound to grow at Geometrical proportion ,while food will be available in arithmetical proportion and famine . Civil and natural calamities ,epidemics could balance it failing to control it .In just 35 years from 1975 to 2010, Indian poplation has increased by four times from 30 crores to 120 crores. If we go at this speed, Indian population will be 250 crores by the year 2050 .It is deplorable that we will face very big problems when ,we remain complacent ,now and agriculture is getting neglected and the quality of life is already been suffering and I expect that our Government should act quickly and get focused like china to control population growth abnormally and with out any constraints.
Answered by venkatesaldevarajan, 09 Jan '11 06:49 pm

 
  
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Yes the danger signal is already there and food inflation of 18.3 is confirming it . By 2025 we will become the most populous country and if govt keeps sitting with fingers crossed we have to face the dire consequences . So far monsoon has been benevolent and still we r struggling at this stage . What will happen if by chance crops fail in 2-3 consequitive years . Only God can save us !
Answered by sk singh, 09 Jan '11 05:52 pm

 
  
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This is a recurring feature even in the developed countries of the world. Moreover, natural calamities in the form of floods, unseasonal rainfall, snowfall, and other such disasters brought about by the phenomenon of global warming are chiefly responsible for making Mr. Thomas Robert Malthus sound like a prophet. We must also bear in mind that in essence, Human beings have been gifted with the faculty of reasoning and sooner rqather than later, this faculty will force them to come up with an effective solution to this seemingly intractable problem ! In India's case, the problem is aggravated chiefly because of corruption and certain politicians who have grown to think that occupying the Food Ministry is their God-given right !
Answered by Jaisingh Thakur, 09 Jan '11 01:08 pm

 
  
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Possible,but steps r also taken to enhance food production.
Answered by Damodar Biswal, 09 Jan '11 06:37 pm

 
  
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We should be able to utilise the huge mankind for creating wealth and knowledge. You can overcome Malthus.
Answered by ts, 09 Jan '11 01:14 pm

 
  
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