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Fertility and Mortality in Colonial India

Fertility and Mortality in Colonial India Mari Bhat DHARMALINGAM in his review (EPW, May 26), is unduly critical of my contribution to the volume entitled 'Mortality and Fertility in India, 1881-1961: A Reassessment'. While it was perhaps prudent to ignore such uninformed criticism, I feel compelled to respond because the reviewer used it as a platform to level a scathing attack on all practitioners of quantitative demographic research. Since Dharmalingam is not alone in making such charges [e g, Bose 1985, Pethe 1990], it is time that someone responded.

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