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|26th September 2011, 12:19||#1|
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Census 2011 findings
Folks - A thought provoking and shocking article in The Hindu frontpage today on Census 2011 findings.
As per the article, the most striking findings of Census 2011: that for the first time since 1921, urban India added more numbers to its population in a decade than rural India did.
The Hindu : Columns / Sainath : Census findings point to decade of rural distress
If the details presented in the article are correct (which they appear to be) then one wonder whether the western model of growth is actually suited for an agrarian nation like ours.
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|26th September 2011, 13:57||#5|
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Re: Census 2011 findings
Just remember, There are three kinds of lies, lies, d++n lies, and Statistics. I think census data is in the last category.
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Re: Census 2011 findings
Out of manufacturing, services, agriculture - which is the most labor intensive currently? (agriculture)
Which one is highest revenue earning? (manufacturing)
Which one has highest margins? (Services, or sometimes manufacturing)
For a country - economically, it makes sense to employ more ppl in higher revenue and higher margin earning activities.
The few ppl remaining in agriculture can utilize machines provided by manufacturing to improve their productivity.
EDIT: One effective measure of progress of a civilization is the Energy return on energy invested.
That is how much usable energy you can get out from a process where you have to invest some energy.
Like you need to drill, mine, clean, refine crude oil to get gasoline which you can then use.
The higher this number for a "fuel" or resource - the more population it can support, the more "advanced and progressed" the civilization is.
Agriculture ranks one of the lowest in terms of "energy ROI". (the website talks about bio-diesel, but food is like bio-diesel only)
So what does this tell us?
This tells that energy demand of a population is fixed.
If that energy demand is catered by agricultural economy - it requires much more "energy" investment from population.
If the same energy demand is catered by manufacturing economy - it requires less energy investment from the population.
Similarly if we go monetary wise - the ROI is definitely much higher in manufacturing and service, than agriculture.
In natural unrestrained free market, the population will flow from low energy/money ROI process to high.
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