India Low in Personal Freedom, High on Life Satisfaction
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India Low in Personal Freedom, High on Life Satisfaction

By SiliconIndia   |   Wednesday, 28 December 2011, 14:15 Hrs   |    1 Comments
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Bangalore: India ranked low in most domains in the Legatum Prosperity Index, but it fared pretty well on the Average Life Satisfaction ranking 10th among the 110 countries. Though the current living standards are low in India, the population is optimistic about their economic future. India is also noted to perform poorly in healthcare and human capital sector. The individual freedom of the country was seen to be limited while family and religion are important factors in the Indian society. India is seen to have a well-regulated and stable democratic structure. As for the safety, it is noted that threats arise from political violence and crime.

India ranked 91st on the Legatum Prosperity Index. The index aims at measuring the prosperity in 110 countries which accounts for more than 90 percent of the world population. The Index defines prosperity as both wealth and wellbeing where it was found that the nations that have a high GDP are not necessarily most prosperous. It also takes into consideration the nations that have happy, healthy, and free citizens. The index was measured under eight main criteria’s namely – Economy, Entrepreneurship and Opportunity, Governance, Education, Health, Safety and Security, Personal Freedom and Social Capital.

Zambia, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sudan, Yemen, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and Central African Republic were seen in the bottom 10 of the list. Kenya, Pakistan, Yemen and Ethiopia were seen having weak performance in all eight streams. Central African Republic ranked 79 in personal freedom. Nigeria, Sudan and Zimbabwe ranked 54, 39 and 78 respectively in social capital. Mozambique ranked 77 in both economy and governance. Zambia ranked 75 and 63 in the governance and social capital domains respectively.

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1: Analysis:

Take a look at the country list and it becomes clear that index is based on # and nature of personal laws restricting freedom. Most of this anti-freedom laws are communal in nature.

See the pattern:
1) Most countries with socialist/communist heritage are ranked very low because of too many laws and rules around personal freedom. example: Greece ranked 78, E. Europe, C. Europe.

2) Countries where there are laws against attacking entity or events. example: Thailand ranked 100 because of law protecting royalty. Israel ranked 93 because of holocost and jewish laws.

3) All Islamic countries are ranked poor because of Shariah law.

4) India ranked poor because of nehruvian socialist heritage and too many personal laws, like Shariah based Muslim law, Hindu law, Christian law, restricting freedom. Replace communal-personal-law with a liberal uniform civil code and rank will jump big time.
Posted by:m patel - 28 Dec, 2011