PopFound Perspectives: Population Stabiliation Vs. Population Control

The two-child norm (2CN) is a target-oriented family-size policy prescription, which compels couples to limit their families to two children through a series of incentives and disincentives, the primary one being disqualification of candidates to contest elections to Panchayati Raj Institutions. The 2CN draws inspiration from China’s one-child norm policy and is only applicable to persons in the active reproductive age groups. Incentives and disincentive schemes associated with the norm include a minimum marriage age, grants to stakeholders that properly effect change, restrictions on the right to contest elections, and incentives to strengthen village recording systems.

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Here is a round-up of media interviews and articles that we have contributed to so far.


Times Face-off: Do we need population control measures? | The Times of India | 23 July 2021

People’s support must for population policies | Hindustan Times | 19 July 2021

Population legislation unnecessary in Karnataka, say expertsThe Hindu | 18 July 2021

Why two-child plan in India’s most populous state is ‘coercive’Al Jazeera | 16 July 2021

Tearing through India’s sex paradox: Rising infertility, less condoms, more babiesForbes India | 16 July 2021

Sudden interest in ‘population control’ in Assam and UP points to political bad faith (SY Quraishi)The Indian Express | 15 July 2021

BJP turns to coercion to limit India’s population growthFinancial Times | 15 July 2021

Many states already have two-child norms, but did it help?Times of India | 15 July 2021

A visit to Bhadohi shows what’s amiss with UP’s two-child population BillBusiness Standard | 15 July 2021

India’s ‘Population Explosion’ & Two-Child Policy: Myths Versus FactsThe Quint | 14 July 2021

Population control will prove ‘disastrous’ for Karnataka: ExpertsThe New Indian Express | 14 July 2021

Uttar Pradesh bill: The myth of India’s population explosion | BBC | 13 July 2021

What Is The Possible Gender Impact Of UP’s Population Control Bill?She The People | 12 July 2021

UP population control bill draws ire from Hindu bodies; experts advise caution, more dialogue | Economic Times | 12 July 2021

Better income, education, family planning access will control population, says Poonam MuttrejaIndia Today | 12 July 2021

No proof Of Population Explosion In UP’: Population Foundation Of India Chief | Outlook India | 12 July 2021


Population control plans in two Indian states prompt concern | The Straits Times | 23 July 2021

Why UP’s two-child policy is flawed | The Quint | 17 July 2021

Hum do, Hamare Ek | CNN News18 | 15 July 2021

UP Population Policy | CNN International | 15 July 2021

Prime Time with Ravish | NDTV India | 14 July 2021

India Development Debate | ET Now | 14 July 2021

Not Kidding Around | Times of India Podcasts | 14 July 2021

UP Population Bill: More problems Than Solutions | Faye D’Souza | 14 July 2021

FYI: Decoding UP’s Population Control Bill | NDTV 24×7 | 13 July 2021

2 Child Law | Ration Cards, Jobs, Promotions, Subsidies all hit| Yogi Adityanath Population Policy | The Mojo Story | 12 July 2021

News Today  Indian Today TV | 12 July 2021

World Population Day: AMA With Poonam Muttreja  | Faye D’Souza | 11 July 2021

The Urban Debate | Mirror Now | 10 July 2021