Development | VOL. 12, ISSUE 74, September-October 2012 |
The author is Professor (Rtd.), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Indian Census has been providing important and useful information on various demographic, social and economic aspects of the Indian society. However, the paper outlines definitional and other changes and how they may have a limiting influence on data usage.
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Modern Census-taking in India started in 1872, has an unbroken record of population count every ten years, and the 2011 Census of India is the fifteenth in the series. Census of India has been providing very important and useful information on various demographic, social and economic aspects of the Indian society along with its living conditions and is marked by several milestones since its inception. The 1961 Census introduced a houselist schedule; it changed the concept of ‘economic activity’ from ‘income’...