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Overtaking China

New population estimates have wider implications

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Business Standard Editorial Comment Mumbai
The well-regarded World Population Review, which is the usual source for most international comparisons of population size and growth, has indicated in its latest projections that by this month India’s population had increased to 1.423 billion. The country had entered the year, in fact, with a population of 1.417 billion, according to the World Population Review. These are reasonable estimates of India’s population, given that the Census 2021 has not been conducted. However, what has grabbed the world’s attention is not the size of India alone but also the release on Tuesday of the data from China’s National Statistics Bureau.

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First Published: Jan 18 2023 | 11:06 PM IST

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