Foreign News: Improvident Maternity

More than one-seventh of the world's entire population lives in India. There are more Indians than there are Americans and Russians put together, more people in India (357 million) than there are in all of Europe outside Russia. And still 5,000,000 more Indians are born every year. To provide even a substandard diet for its people, the Indian government must import some 3,000,000 tons of grain each year.

Last week, citing these and other grim statistics as determined by the government's 1951 census, India's Census Commissioner and a top civil servant, R. A. Gopalaswami, urged his countrymen to do something...

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