Though India takes its census every ten years just like in the States, 2010 will be much harder. Provided all goes according to the 11 month plan, though, the results should be much more rewarding.
The Indian government aims to not only collect demographic and biometric data, but also photographs and fingerprints from each of its billion-plus constituents. For the first time ever, residents will then each be given multi-use personal identity cards.
Keeping track of the one of the fastest growing populations in the world will be no easy task, admits Census Commissioner C. Chandramouli. The government is expected to spend Rs. 60 billion on the head count.
"India has been conducting national census since 1872," said Chandramouli. "Nothing -- floods, droughts, even wars -- has been able to stop it."