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India: 1.2 billion Unique Identities

I don’t have a birth certificate. Back then in India, few did. Many people weren’t even born in hospital. I was, so I actually have a scrap of paper on the hospital’s letterhead, stating that “A baby girl was born … Continue reading

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Brazil’s Population Growth Rate Fell Faster than India’s: Why?

A recent National Geographic article grabbed my attention: Brazil’s population growth rate fell sharply in the last three decades. The article started with a list of names: Jose Alberto; Murilo; Geraldo; Angela; Paulo; Edwiges; Vicente; Rita; Lucia; Marcellino; Teresinha. These … Continue reading

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India’s Population, the Decennial Census, and me

For a country where a quarter of the people are still illiterate in any language, India conducts a pretty decent ten-yearly census. 2011 is a census year, and the provisional results are out for some of the main indicators. (The … Continue reading

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