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The Greying of India

The Greying of India
Population Ageing in the Context of Asia

First Edition

June 2004 | 467 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
This book argues cogently that India's policymakers need to urgently take up the cause of the elderly in order to create an environment that insures them against various risks and allows them to maintain as much economic independence and self-sufficiency as possible without disturbing the intergenerational balance. The first of its kind to be based on data from the National Sample Survey Organisation and providing a global perspective, this book constitutes the most comprehensive analysis of the causes and consequences of ageing in India.

The major objectives of the book are to:

- Document the rapid growth of older populations in India.

- Address the key issues and topics related to ageing.

- Assess the implications of demographic changes for programmes and policies for the aged.

- Present an Elderly Status Index based on available data.

Timely, stimulating and challenging, this book is packed with relevant and hitherto unanalysed data on ageing in India. In particular, it provides an exhaustive discussion on various conceptual and measurement issues relating to population ageing.

Foreword Tim Dyson
Ageing in Asia: A Broad Overview  
What Causes Population Ageing?  
What is Ageing?  
Ageing and Development  
Status of the Aged  
Graceful Ageing  
Select Bibliography  

This book is a useful treatise on the technical and substantive aspects of ageing that highlights many hitherto unexplored areas. Besides, it also emphasises many areas that require policy intervention. In reiterating the need for graceful ageing, it suggests the scope for initiatives from non-government organisations (NGOs) and activists.

Contributions to Indian Sociology

The book presents a comprehensive analysis (with the help of tons of data and mind-boggling tables and charts) of the causes and consequences of ageing and possible solutions of the problems thrown up by this phenomenon of the rapidly growing population of the aged in India. The book admirably explains how a rapid and spectacular transition from high to relatively low mortality and fertility rates has fundamentally altered the age composition of India`s population.

The Tribune

This useful book by a demographer at kolkata university provides a comprehensive description on demographic trends in Asia and implications of aging for development. Developing Asian countries are in early stages of addressing longevity, inflation and survivor risks. This is an area where considerably greater policy-oriented research is needed.

Cambridge University Press

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ISBN: 9780761998020