A Mandate that Spells coercion – The Coalition in the News


The National Coalition Against Two-Child Norm and Coercive Population Policies was formed last December. The Coalition, housed in the Centre for Health and Social Justice (CHSJ) in Delhi, has as its chairperson former Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Mr. A.R. Nanda, who was responsible for the National Population Policy 2000 that marked the radical shift from incentive and coercion to a more people-centred policy. The Coalition challenges the two-child norm as it is anti-democratic , anti-women and anti-children and affects dalits, adivasis, women and the poor adversely. The norm has affected the political participation of youth, who comprise 50 per cent of the population, as it is they who are disqualified on grounds of having more than two children, while elderly couples with more children are not touched.



About coalitiontcn

The Coalition on Two Child Norm and Coercive Population Policies is a group of individuals and organisations interested in addressing the issue of coercive population policies pushed by different states in India, especially the Two Child Norm (TCN). The recent examples of attempts to impose the TCN have come from states like Kerala, Maharashtra, Bihar. Activists including organisations and individuals from various states have expressed interest in a need for a Coalition that will anchor advocacy with the state governments to (a) prevent them from implementing the norm where it is not yet implemented but proposals towards the same have been expressed in public (b) advocate for removal of TCN through and build evidence to highlight its negative implications in states where it is already implemented. The Coalition is hosted at Centre for Health and Social Justice (CHSJ, New Delhi).

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