India’s Demographic Transition

India’s Demographic Transition



India’s population growth trajectory has garnered attention, with projections indicating a surge to 1.7 billion by 2065, as per the UN Population Division.

  • This highlights a pivotal demographic shift, underscoring the ongoing transition of the Demographic Dividend in India.



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What is Demographic Transition and Dividend?

  • Demographic transition refers to the evolution in population structure over time which are  influenced by factors like birth and death rates, migration, and socio-economic conditions.
  • The Demographic Dividend occurs when a nation’s population composition shifts from a dependency on children and elderly to a larger working-age population.
    • This transition can propel economic growth if leveraged effectively.


Drivers of Demographic Transition in India:

  • Rapid economic progress since the early 21st century has been instrumental, enhancing living standards, healthcare, and education, consequently reducing fertility rates.
  • Decline in infant and child mortality rates has diminished the need for larger families, fostering confidence in fewer children.
  • Increasing education and workforce participation among women have led to delayed childbirth and smaller family sizes.
  • Better housing and basic amenities have influenced family planning decisions, promoting smaller family units.


Impact of Evolving Demographics in India:

  • Economic Ramifications: Increased immigration may augment the labor force, yet unskilled migrants can strain the economy. Alterations in household compositions and age demographics might alter consumer spending habits.
  • Social Ramifications: Evolving demographics can reshape family sizes, thus influencing societal norms and expectations. Moreover, heightened migration may foster greater cultural diversity within communities.
  • Political Consequences: Swift demographic shifts or perceived disparities could fuel social discord and political turbulence. Additionally, changes in demographics might alter political representation and voting trends, potentially reshaping policy agendas.