This Week's Herman Trend Alert

HR in Normal 2.0

  The Herman Trend Alert

April 27, 2011

India and its Potential

Not long ago, the Indian government announced the results of its USD$490 million investment to conduct a census. At 1.21 billion, India's people now represent 17 percent of the world's population. That is more than the populations of the United States, Indonesia, Brazil, Pakistan, and Bangladesh combined. The increase between 2001 and 2011 was 181 million, roughly equivalent to the entire population of Brazil.

In fact, by 2030, experts had expected India to overtake China as the world's most populous nation. However, figures show its growth rate is falling (slower than at any time since 1947) and China has 1.3 billion people.

The census also revealed a most disturbing societal issue---a continuing preference for boys. Actually, India's sex ratio (female to male) is at its worst level since its independence in 1947. Although sex-selective abortion based on ultrasound scans is illegal in India, it remains common; with limited resources to feed children, families think of sons as future wage earners. Statistics show fewer girls than boys are being born or surviving.

According to the 2011 census, 914 girls were born for every 1,000 boys under the age of six, compared with 927 for every 1,000 boys in the census ten years earlier. This gender imbalance has had far-reaching consequences for China, where the gap is even greater. There, wealthier families are "buying" brides from other countries for their young men. India may not be far behind.

Though India's Census Commissioner C Chandramauli cited this issue as "a matter of grave concern", it is doubtful that policy enforcement will change soon. On the education front, the census shared good news: the literacy rate went up to 74 percent from about 65 percent in the last count. (According to the CIA World Factbook, the US literacy rate is now 85.4 percent---on par with Brazil, Libya and Iran!)

India's growing population and its dedication to education have already made it a force to be reckoned with on the world stage. With increasing numbers of middle class citizens and millionaires, India will have the resources and the will to give the US and other countries "a run for their money".

© Copyright 1998- by The Herman Group, Inc. -- reproduction for publication is encouraged, with the following attribution: From "The Herman Trend Alert," by Joyce Gioia, Strategic Business Futurist. 336-210-3548 or To sign up, visit The Herman Trend Alert is a trademark of The Herman Group, Inc."

The Association of Professional Futurists proudly presents its annual online learning experiences on Full Spectrum Futures. Network with leading futurists from all over the world. And best of all, it's free to attend, though contributions are encouraged to help defray costs. For more information, visit here.

Excellent translation services from English, French, or German into Spanish. Especially well-versed in medicine/pharma and automobile industries. 5-year Bachelor Degree in Translation. Also editing and proofreading of all kinds of Spanish language documents. Flexible rates, depending on number of words, degree of difficulty/technicality, and turnaround. For an instant quote email Mariana Campora Lesti at or contact her on SKYPE at marianacampora.

Our author Joyce gets quoted in TIME Magazine and other national media on a regular basis. You can, too! Sign up for You will be found by the news media and in Google search: 1. Through your personal search-engine-optimized press room by 39 topics you choose; 2. By news releases pushed out 10 ways including Google News; 3. Be found in the 2020 printed Yearbook of Experts, Authorities & Spokespersons. Save 15% when you register by October 31st @

To read this Herman Trend Alert on the web:

Herman Trend Alerts are produced by the Herman Group, strategic business futurists, Certified Management Consultants, authors, and professional speakers.

New subscribers are always welcome. There is no charge for this public service. The Herman Trend Alert is read by over 30,000 people in 90 countries, including other websites and printed periodicals. Click here to sign up for the Herman Trend Alert.

Do you enjoy receiving this weekly e-mail update? Contact us about our co-branded Herman Trend Alert service.

Subscribe or Unsubscribe to weekly Herman Trend Alert
View this week's Herman Trend Alert
Archived Weekly Herman Trend Alerts


[ Home About Products Resources Media ]


7112 Viridian Lane
Austin, TX 78739
Voice: 336-210-3548
Toll Free in US & Canada: 800-227-3566

  © The Herman Group. All rights reserved.

Web site design by WebEditor Design Services, Inc.