Population Growth in History

As the world population is hitting 7 Billion this month, The New Yorker takes a look at the population count at various periods in our history.

Around ten thousand years ago, there were maybe five million people on earth. By the time of the First Dynasty in Egypt, the number was up to about fifteen million, and by the time of the birth of Christ it had climbed to somewhere in the vicinity of two hundred million. Global population finally reached a billion around 1800, just a couple of years after Thomas Malthus published his famous essay warning that human numbers would always be held in check by war, pestilence, or “inevitable famine.” In a distinctly un-Malthusian fashion, population then took off. It hit two billion in the nineteen-twenties, and was three billion by 1960. In 1968, when Paul Ehrlich published “The Population Bomb,” predicting the imminent deaths of hundreds of millions of people from starvation, it stood at around three and a half billion; since then, it has been growing at the rate of a billion people every twelve or thirteen years.[Billions and Billions]

India’s population was somewhere between 350 and 400 million at the time of independence and this growth chart shows how fast we reached here.

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  1. Can you comment on this dream….
    1. Remove reservations (all sorts).
    2. Stop being democratic (be communist)….[anyways we dont deserve it…we are fools].
    3. Make Primary, secondary and professional education free.(private or state owned).
    4. Reform law and order system by learning from China, Saudi Arabia.
    5. Remove all the political parties and if possible hang politicians in the middle of road.
    6. Sentence religious guru’ ing (all religions) with capital punishment. Make public gathering other than family matters, coporate matters and state matters – Illegal.
    7. Directorate of media and broadcasting should be introduced to keep a check on what people should see and listen to in order to be more patriotic and feel equal.
    8. Compulsory sterialization after one child for all.
    9. make hindi first language across the country and make regional languages third language…english being second.
    10. Bring only one reservation, at the work place should have 50% woman force.
    11.Architect world class cities and facilties by hiring professionals from abroad. Abolish present cities for any further development.
    12. The country to be ruled under the communist regime with the individual states having representatives such as state heads or state CEOs with their quarterly and annual production targets (under ideal conditions). The state heads or CEOs should be regarded as a profession and the professional to be hired based on academic qualifications eg: IAS/IITs/IIMs/NITs/BITs
    13. Each state should produce its own food grains with the surplus taken under the state run silos for contingency.
    14. Industrial and production plans focussing on enhancing exports and local consumption.
    15. Focus on identifying agriculture as a viable industrial segment and doing investments for making it ultra-hightech.
    16. Introduce planned public transport facility for optimum usage and heavy taxes on using private transport facility.
    17. Introduce practical payplan for educators at all level and making education more modern.
    We have been bestowed with considrable ressources from mother earth…but if there is one country on the face of this planet that has not only under utilised these resources but has also mutilated it owing to fools as planners, it is INDIA….
    I dream of living in a country that is just, equal, modern and provides opportunities for all, a country that could be the spillusmark on this planet….a country worth to die for.
    People often say – dont think what country has given you but think what you have given back to the country…
    Reply – I gave my part…i abided the law laid in front of me…i paid taxes on time and i took part in the general elections to nominate the people to run the various depts. I am still doing my part. Did i ever asked Mr kapil Sibal to come and work in my place on my desk?…no he has his work and i have mine….There is so called proper division of work between us. I am successfully carrying out mine….what about him?
    Wouldnt it be much easier to reduce the burden on my mother land and go somewhere else…but then that place wouldnt be INDIA. What is INDIA by the way? Patch of land… or the purity and purpose of heart that keeps humanity at the top most pedestal. I think the second option is more appropriate. So i can be anywhere with INDIA in my heart…a country that i wished for and the country that i carry under the ribs all alive and ever flourishing.
    Just now switched on the TV and thought – Our NEWS channels are one complete entertainment packages[fools telling stories about other fools]…otherwise there are other channels helping our nation by building an army of Dancer(nachaiyay) and Singers(gavaiyay). I want to laugh out loud but let me cry first.

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