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Land Redistribution- A Population Stabilisation Strategy

A Population Stabilisation Strategy? Sonalde Desal Soumya Alva The current preoccupation with debates on family planning vis-a-vis development has meant a neglect of issues of equity and the nature of development strategies. This neglect becomes particularly problematic as theoretical models based on industrial societies are uncritically applied to a labour surplus agrarian society. This paper focuses on one such neglected aspect, the nature of land distribution. The authors argue that in a predominantly agricultural setting land ownership plays an important role in fertility decisions made by individual parents, WHILE there prevails a broad overall consensus that population control - euphemistically termed population stabilisation in recent discourse is an important goal for Indian society [Government of India 1992; Gowarikar 1992], strategies for achieving this goal remain hotly contested.1 India was the first country in the world to introduce an official family planning programme in 1951 and has consistently supported government provision of family planning services in order to reduce unwanted fertility. Moreover, the family planning programme has also tried to motivate couples to have fewer children through high profile propaganda.
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