Possible reasons of India slipping down on World Happiness Index


United Nations latest World Happiness Report ranks the countries in the order of how happy an average person is in those respective countries. In its latest report, India has been gauged at a position of 140 among the 156 countries ranked.  Finland has topped the list for second consecutive year, followed by Denmark and Norway, South Sudan was at the bottom of the index. The study is prepared on the basis of a combination of economic, political and social stresses.


The study based its findings on individuals’ assessment of their lives in relation to the Gross Domestic Product per capita income, social support, healthy life expectancy, freedom, generosity and absence of corruption. Meanwhile, India’s South Asian neighbors ranked higher with Pakistan pegged at 67, Bhutan at 95, Bangladesh at 125 and Sri Lanka at 130. The report said the large gaps in happiness between countries will continue to create pressure to migrate. India has slipped down 7 places from the last report while it comes as a surprise that Pakistan ranks much higher than India by a huge margin.


The report was released by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations on March 20 which was declared as World Happiness Day by the UN General Assembly in 2012. The report ranks countries on six key variables that support well-being: income, freedom, trust, healthy life expectancy, social support and generosity.


According to the report, the overall world happiness has fallen over the past few years, which has mostly been fuelled by a sustained drop in India, which came in 140th place this year compared with 133rd place in 2018. The UN’s seventh annual World Happiness Report, which ranks the world’s 156 countries on “how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be”, also noted that there has been an increase in negative emotions, including worry, sadness and anger. The happiness study ranks the countries of the world on the basis of questions from the Gallup World Poll. The results are then correlated with other factors, including GDP and social security.


Now it needs to be checked what are the factors that led to this depressing decrease in the happiness of the Indian population. A person is most unhappy and uncomfortable in the absence of a suitable livelihood. That is what is happened in India where millions of millions of jobs got destroyed as a result of disastrous economic policies of the BJP. Congress president Rahul Gandhi Saturday alleged the government “does not want to accept” that there was a “job crisis” in the country, and said the PM should hold discussions with the youth to address the issue. The Congress chief asserted that the state must pay for a large part of education of students.


China is growing economically and one sees ‘Made in China’ labels on so many products in the country, Rahul Gandhi said that he was “absolutely convinced” that India could go ahead of China. However, the government “does not want to accept” that there is a “job crisis” in the country. Gandhi said he has already challenged the prime minister to debate with him on Rafale, corruption, job and other issues. Another cause of worry in the country is lack of proper education that is leading to growing unhappiness. Congress chief also alleged there has been a “steep decline” in the amount spent on education today by the government, compared to the expenditure when the UPA was in power.


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