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Is Population a question of numbers or choices?
In a limited perspective, issues concerning population are often understood as a problem of numbers. "Control the numbers, and you control the problem", went the simplistic analysis that required little elaboration and was the focus of communications programmes and government policy.
Now, governments and policy makers have recognised that the problem lies in the limited approach to population matters, reducing it to numbers rather than studying it as an issue that has at its heart the problems caused by denial of women's rights.
The Paradigm Shift
As a result, the vocabulary of population issues has changed. Indian policy makers do not talk about population control anymore.