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Unrest imperils India's census

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Science  20 Mar 2020:
Vol. 367, Issue 6484, pp. 1292
DOI: 10.1126/science.367.6484.1292

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Next month, some 3 million enumerators will fan out across India in a once-a-decade ritual, gathering data for one of Asia's oldest and most respected censuses. But this year could be different. Social scientists in India fear political unrest will disrupt the count, compromising critical demographic data for years to come. In particular, they worry that opposition to controversial new citizenship policies could cause many of India's 1.3 billion people to refuse to participate in the census. And recent attacks on fieldworkers conducting other government surveys have raised concerns about the safety of India's enumerators, who will begin work on 1 April. (The coronavirus outbreak might also disrupt the count.) "This is a situation we've never faced," says Pronab Sen, India's former chief statistician. "We've always had cooperation in the census' long history."

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