Satia is professor emeritus at IIPH, Gandhinagar
🔴 It offers hope that India's population will stabilise by 2050. But some states, public health risks need urgent policy intervention
There is an urgent need to reach young people both for reproductive health education and services as well as to cultivate gender equity norms. This could reduce the effect of population momentum and accelerate progress towards reaching a more normal sex-ratio at birth. India’s population future depends on it.
The UN Population Division estimates that the medium fertility variant, the most likely scenario, will result in a peak population of 165 crore in the year 2061 and a decline thereafter.