While watching the aftermath of the Tucson shootings, I am seeing an effort by both political parties, an effort from those with opposing thoughts, beliefs and sides, an effort by the masses to ‘come together'. Our President has asked both political parties to come into meetings and sit together instead of separately, to talk and hear each other. Perhaps letting go of some of the divisiveness that has become unkind, insensitive, inappropriate and far from fruitful will stick and not fade away after the rawness of tragedy is healing.
The US Census Bureau expected India's population to surpass China's by 2035. India's population grew rapidly from the 1920s until the 1970s, mostly due to a sharp decline in the death rate because of improvements in health care, nutrition, and sanitation. In 1921, when India's population stood at 251,321,213, the birth rate was but the death rate was ; by 1961, when the population reached 439,234,771, the birth rate was still high at , but the death rate had dropped by more than half to . The birth rate dropped from in 1971 to in 1990 – 91, presumably attributable to an aggressive program of family planning, contraception, and sterilization, but had little immediate impact on the compounded population growth rate, which averaged % in the 1980s and % in 1990 – 95. According to the UN, the annual population rate of change for 2005 – 10 was expected to be %. Despite the fact that the population growth rate had been steadily declining for several decades, the government in 2005 continued to seek ways to slow population growth. The government considers the rapid population growth a serious problem, particularly in relation to reducing poverty. The goal of the Indian government is to reach zero population growth by 2050 with a population of billion.