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Controlling People

The world's population is due to reach seven billion people this year, and by around 2050 it could grow by yet another two billion.

Using India as an exemplar, Professor Matthew Connelly of Columbia University, New York, documents a global campaign that began with the best humanitarian ideals, but which led to authoritarian control over some of the world’s poorest citizens.

He uncovers a story of tragic mistakes and sometimes terrible human rights abuses, and shows how we will be living with the consequences for decades to come.

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3/3 Matthew Connelly looks at the consequences of India's methods to control its population.

Sun 16 Oct 2011 13:05 GMT BBC World Service

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    India's unwanted girls

    India's 2011 census shows a serious decline in the number of girls under the age of seven - activists fear eight million female foetuses may have been aborted in the past decade

    Read more on the BBC News website
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    Is India's population policy sexist?

    Can the promise of a car or a mixer grinder help keep India's population in check? Well, that's what health authorities in the northern state of Rajasthan apparently believe

    Read more on Delhi correspondent Soutik Biswas' blog

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