The UN Population Fund had earlier said that the planet’s seven billionth baby would be born on October 31 and Uttar Pradesh in India was the favourite choice of the symbolic selection of the baby.
Not that it is a historic triumph to be proud of but a reminder that India’s population is multiplying faster with no end in the sight. Uttar Pradesh is the right choice for the privilege as the state has the highest population in the country with 199.5 million people.
India accounts for 17% of the world’s population and has a dynamic migration within the country, not requiring any outside migration as is the case in Europe or in many western countries.
India needs to build the equivalent of a city of Chicago every year to meet the expectations of its burgeoning migrants, according to McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) research.
The six billionth child was born on October 12, 1999 in Sarajevo, Bosnia while the eight billionth baby is likely to arrive on June 15, 2025, according to the fund.