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Are Indians unhappy, or just angry? Rising inequality corroding the nation’s social

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prasad1

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[FONT=&quot]When it comes to happiness, India ranks lower than most of its South Asian neighbours, according to the United Nations-sponsored World Happiness Report (2017) released last week. In a ranking of 155 countries, India was placed in the bottom quartile and ranked at 122. This makes Indians one of the ‘least happy’ in the world. These findings were widely reported, but none took note that India has been steadily slipping since the global happiness index was first launched in 2012, when it ranked at 111.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]The index uses five parameters to measure the level of happiness, or the lack of it, among the citizens of a country. These include per capita GDP, social support, healthy life expectancy, freedom to make life choices and trust. But are these numbers to be laughed at? Can one really measure happiness which, as a state of mind, can vary many times over in the course of even a day? Moreover, the notion of happiness changes across cultures and is tied to such factors that can be hard to measure or quantify.
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[FONT=&quot]On the other hand, if one does accept that the index is some sort of approximate and meaningful exercise, then it would be well to debate the implications. Why are Indians becoming unhappier when they have enviable GDP numbers? The index tells us that there is a fall in trust, ability to exercise choices and rapidly eroding social support networks. In sum, the emotional world of the Indian is under stress amidst a rising economy.

On the other hand, if one does accept that the index is some sort of approximate and meaningful exercise, then it would be well to debate the implications. Why are Indians becoming unhappier when they have enviable GDP numbers? The index tells us that there is a fall in trust, ability to exercise choices and rapidly eroding social support networks. In sum, the emotional world of the Indian is under stress amidst a rising economy.

In broad brush stokes, one could perhaps also argue that India is witnessing a profound shift in terms of both its popular discourse and political rhetoric. Today, majoritarian politics seems to have made exclusion its dominant narrative. This is in striking contrast to the earlier calls for social and economic inclusion. Could the index actually be telling us that the majority feels like victims despite relative economic success? Does it also tell us that the personal now is becoming political? Could it be that the aspirations of the new demographic are turning into the narrative of deprivation rather than the hope of citizen entitlement? This may well become the electoral script for 2019?
http://www.hindustantimes.com/colum...-the-nation/story-I0UWXxVXY9aRknCo1p9uzK.html[/FONT]
 

krish44

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It is quite true that most are more economically well off .

yet lesser number of people are more unhappy as freedom to exercise choices is diminishing,social platforms do not provide succour,family intra personal relations are

taking a beating due to job and other stresses and public spaces becoming unsafe.

The disparities between the upper and lower half of population is glaring .

I was seeing the farmers from tamilnadu sitting at jantar mantar with no one to care for them, my heart went out to them

We have become callous.
 
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