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India's population may have already overtaken China's, estimate analysts

The United Nations had expected the milestone to be reached later this year. As of Jan. 18, India's population had already climbed to 1.423 billion, according to WPR

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Karthikeyan Sundaram | Bloomberg
India may have already surpassed China as the world’s most-populous nation in a milestone that adds urgency for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to create more jobs and ensure the country sustains its world-beating growth.
 
The South Asian nation’s population stood at 1.417 billion as of end 2022, according to estimates from the World Population Review, an independent organization focused on census and demographics. 

That’s a little over 5 million more than the 1.412 billion reported by China Tuesday when authorities there announced the first decline since the 1960s.

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First Published: Jan 18 2023 | 9:16 AM IST

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