India's One Child Policy Essay

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The famous ecologist, Garrett Hardin stated, “If-as seems likely- the rate of population increase falls faster in the ethnic group presently inside the lifeboat than it does among those now outside, the future will turn out to be even worse than mathematics predicts and sharing will be even more suicidal.” This can be interpreted to mean that overpopulation, especially in poorer countries, is damaging to society. Overpopulation can have detrimental effects, therefore, the country of India could benefit from a system similar to that of the One-Child Policy presented in China. India currently is under distress due to their high population. Their overpopulation impacts are worse than China’s. Eighty percent of India’s population is living on …show more content…
It is composed of plastic or metal made in the shape of a loop, triangle, or T. Quarterly checkups will be given by their physician to ensure the device remains in the proper place. Sterilization for both men and women is largely supported and advertised in hospitals, especially after the couple has had a child or two. In China, more than 300,000 officials enforce the one-child policy, so around the same number will be needed in India to do the same. This policy prevented 400 million births in China leading to economic growth (Nakra 135). If 400 million births could be prevented in India, their economy, job market, and natural resources would …show more content…
The first major objection would be that over time, a smaller workforce would be left unable to sustain the massive number of elderly citizens. Since the baby boomers generation will be elderly by the time this new generation would be getting jobs and paying taxes, they would not be able to support the elderly. Also, it would leave only one or two children to assume the debt and responsibilities of taking care of essentially two parents and four grandparents. In China, the proportion of elderly is expected to grow to 13.2% by 2025 and 22.7% by 2050. Also, about 70% of the elderly depend heavily on their children for their financial help (Settles and Xuewen 11-15). Since India’s population has similar characteristics to China’s, it is assumed these statistics would be similar for India. Most people think that since couples would only be having one or two children that they have a smaller chance of having a support system. They think that if they have a large number of children

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