About the Author
S. Irudaya Rajan
S. Irudaya Rajan holds a Ph.D in Demography from the International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai, and is currently a Chair Professor of Research Unit on International Migration (set up by the Ministry of Indian Overseas Affairs) at Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvanantha-puram, Kerala. He has more than two decades of experience of research into demographic issues in Kerala, published extensively, and has contributed seminally to debates on the demographic aspects of the 'Kerala Model' of development in national and international forums. He has worked on issues relating to sex ratio, migration and ageing and has been involved in four major surveys, the Kerala Fertility Survey, the Kerala Migration Survey, Kerala Mental Health Survey and Kerala Ageing Survey. His work has been frequently used in public debate on health, population, sex-selective abortion, and issues of senior persons in Kerala. He is the co-ordinator of Kerala State Development Report prepared for the Planning Commission, Government of India.