Despite tall claims,either under Congress or BJP rule, India will never be high in terms of Happiness Index that globally sets countries apart based on the happiness of citizens whose value is respected elsewhere.
Since there is hardly any concept of human value in a billion plus population of India beset with communal flare and nationalism vs anti-national debates, India repeatedly failed to satisfy the pre-conditions to make even a decent mark in the Index. Surprisingly, Sri Lanka notched up 15 points and even Pakistan ranked at 92 compared to 118th position India was accorded.
The World Happiness Report reviews the state of happiness in 156 nations around the world today and shows how new parameters are met by nations to make citizens happy. GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, freedom of speech, generosity and perceptions of corruption are some of the factors taken into account to arrive at the ranking.
Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, said:“Rather than taking a narrow approach focused solely on economic growth, we should promote societies that are prosperous, just, and environmentally sustainable.”
India ranked 117 in 2015 and this year 118, showing slightly worsened situation in the country. As usual, Scandinavian countries are ranked high though Norway has slipped to third position, Denmark reaching the top position, while the US has gone up two positions to 13.
Ironic but the report candidly said that India was among the group of 10 countries witnessing the largest happiness declines along with Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Yemen and Botswana and it comes far below nations like Somalia 76th, China 83rd, Iran 105th, Palestinian Territories 108th and Bangladesh 110th.
Rwanda, Benin, Afghanistan, Togo, Syria and Burundi were the least happiest countries, according to the report, which was released in advance of UN World Happiness Day on March 20.