Malthusian Theory revisited: by samita Kher

Malthusian Theory revisited:

“Thomas Robert Malthus studied the relationship between food production and population growth in 19th century. According to him food production increases at a uniform rate i.e 2,4, 6, 8…so on, while population grows exponentially i.e 2,4,8,16…so on. So to balance the burden of population nature implements“positive checks” like disease, flood, famines etc. Nature does not spare the innocent people. Malthus suggested “Preventive checks” i.e actions implemented by people to avoid contribution in population, which  are better than the positive checks. Since First Five Year Plan India implemented population controlling programmes to reduce the burden on economy. Presently India’s annual population growth rate is 1.2%. If we examine the natural disasters like flood, famine, tsunami, cyclone occurred in India in past few years, we come to the conclusion that the still the  ‘Positive checks’ are more stronger than ‘Preventive checks’ to control the population growth in India.” by samita Kher


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