While explaining systems thinking, experts often give the example of someone in a traditional bathroom with a hot-water and a cold-water tap connected to the shower.  First the water is too cold, he turns the hot water tap and increases the flow of hot water.  The water remains cold.  Unaware of the delay in-built in the system, he turns the hot water tap further and suddenly the water is too hot.  He panics and opens cold-water tap to the maximum …
We seem to be confronted with a similar scenario with population control but with potentially more dire consequences.  In the 1960s the fearsome spectre of a world with too many people alarmed governments.  As a result, billions of dollars were spent across the world to prevent a looming human population explosion. In Mauritius too, a very effective ‘family planning’ program was implemented.