India’s population has already overtaken China’s, analysts estimate

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India may have already surpassed China as the world’s most populous nation in a milestone that gives Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi even more urgency to create more jobs and ensure the country sustains its global growth.

The South Asian country’s population was 1.417 billion at the end of 2022, according to estimates by the World Population Review, an independent organization that focuses on censuses and demographics.

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That’s just over 5 million more than the 1.412 billion reported by China on Tuesday when authorities there announced its first drop since the 1960s.

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