14th March 2017
Let’s agree to the facts about India’s performance and then look at the quality of the excuses #1
I made the following summary comment and have had a bit of a discussion that’s started. I welcome your comments. I’ll comment on this separately.
MY COMMENT (HERE)
Let’s at least call a spade a spade: that India is a miserably poor country with the world’s highest rates of corruption, total failure of justice, no infrastructure, the highest rates of death from traffic accidents, the lowest levels of freedom (virtually no freedom based on any comparison), mass illiteracy and ignorance, and the country from which there an ongoing desperate exodus of anyone who can get out. Etc. etc.
Do we all agree with these facts or not?
“REBUTTAL” TO MY COMMENT
- Fallacy in comparison: it is unfair to compare India with high income OECD or other developed economies coz of huge differences in size, population density, nature being kind in terms of weather n natural resources, diversity in culture, religion, language, historical backlog (colonial baggage) n above all, the political climate (democratic / legal framework).
Therefore, any comparative data-set wud hv to be read with a number of filters, and not merely on their face value.
We are certainly much better than Srilanka, Bangladesh n sub Saharan countries..
- Now, let’s demystify some of the data relating to various indices:
- World Freedom index: 2012
India ranks 75/152, with personal freedom (rule of law & safety n security) score @ 7.36 (better than world median @ 7.02);
Economic freedom score @ 6.49 (median 6.99); overall score @ 6.93 = better than Russia (6.36, rank 111), China (5.86/132), Srilanka (6.16/122), B’desh (5.82/134), Thai (6.73/86), Brazil (6.82/82), Kenya 6.56/97).
India is high on personal liberty index.
- World Crime Index:2017 by NUMBEO;
India ranks among the least ones, better than US/USSR;
- Global Rule of Law Index: 2016
(The World Justice Project)
India ranks 66 out of 113 countries; score 0.51
- Global Infrastructure Index 2016; World Bank
Ranking of countries:
Rank / LPI Score
India ranks 35 out of 160 countries / 3.42; certainly not the worst as alleged…..
New Zealand 37/3.39
E: World Perception of Corruption Index 2016;
India ranks 79/; score 40, improved from 36 in 2013…equal to China;
< than india:-
So, india isn’t the most corrupt!!!
F:,World Inequality Index:
USA (not India) is the worst —
Wealth disparity in US:
the median top 5% household wealth has >50 times the wealth of the median US family.
Top 1% in the US hold an average of $15 million in wealth, the only other being Luxembourg.
India ranks moderate in the Inequality Index.
Details to follow….
Hope I hv been able to justify my stand!
No other country in the world with such vast size, combined with so widely divergent culture, language, religious beliefs, and weaved to democratic constitutional framework is available for a fair n just comparison. Comparison with high income group of countries or non-democratic ones like China/Malaysia …. or tiny city states like Singapore (<Mumbai with one-family rule for >4 decades with total press censorship n virtually committed judiciary) or B’desh = Kolkata) or even Srilanka = TN) is therefore unfair n unacceptable…..