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  • Writer's pictureJeffrey Ram


Updated: Aug 24, 2022


Toronto, Canada Jeffrey S. Ram, Editor August 11, 2022

Credit: Photo of India’s First Independence Day- Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru at the Red Fort, New Delhi | Courtesy: Youth Ki Awaaz

India will celebrate its 75th Anniversary of Independence on 15th August. It is an appropriate occasion to assess and appraise independent India, its growth, and development. India’s rank in the global indexes gives us a fair picture of the progress made by India as compared to other nations.


CHANDLER GOOD GOVERNMENT INDEX 2021: (Chandler Institute of Governance) 49th in 104 governments. Finland ranked 1st.

CHILD DEVELOPMENT INDEX: (Save the Children) 112thin 141 countries.

COMMITMENT TO REDUCE INEQUALITY INDEX: (Oxfam and Development Finance International) 147th in 157 countries. It has been placed 151st on the index for public spending for healthcare, education and social protection, 141st for labour rights and wages, and 50th on taxation policies. This index shows the Indian government’s lack of commitment to reducing inequality.

COVID 19 RESPONSE INDEX: (Australia-based Lowy Institute) 86th in 116 countries.

EASE OF DOING BUSINESS INDEX 2020: (World Bank) 63rd New Zealand ranked 1st. This index considered the 12 areas of Business Regulation in 190 countries.

ECONOMIC FREEDOM INDEX 2022 (The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal) 131st. India was 121st in the 2021 index. Singapore ranked 1st again. India is ranked 27th among 39 countries in the Asia–Pacific region, and its overall score is below the regional and world averages.

The Index covers 12 freedoms – from property rights to financial freedom – in 184 countries. It was created in 1995 to measure the degree of economic freedom in the world's nations. The creators of the index claim to take an approach inspired by that of Adam Smith in The Wealth of Nations, that "basic institutions that protect the liberty of individuals to pursue their own economic interests result in greater prosperity for the larger society".

EDUCATION INDEX: [United Nations Development Program (UNDP)] 135TH in 188 countries. An Education Index is a component of the Human Development Index published every year by the United Nations Development Program. The education index is measured by combining average adult years of schooling with expected years of schooling for students under the age of 25, each receiving 50% weighting.

Education is a major component of well-being and is used in the measure of economic development and quality of life, which is a key factor in determining whether a country is a developed, developing, or underdeveloped country.

ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE INDEX (EPI) 2022: (Yale and Columbia Universities) 180th in 180 countries. Denmark ranked 1st. The ranking is based on 40 performance indicators, including climate change, environmental public health, and ecosystem vitality.

GLOBAL CLIMATE RISK INDEX 2021: (Environmental think tank ‘Germanwatch’). 7th Top 3 Countries:1. Mozambique 2. Zimbabwe 3. Bahamas. This index calculates the economic and fatalities losses due to storms, floods, heatwaves, and other weather-related causes.

GLOBAL FIREPOWER INDEX, 2022: (Global Firepower) 4th USranked 1st, Russia 2nd, China 3rd.

GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY (GFS) INDEX 2021: (London-based Economist Impact and sponsored by Corteva Agriscience) 71st • Ireland, Australia, UK, Finland, Switzerland, Netherlands, Canada, Japan, France and US ranked 1st. This index measured 113 countries in 58 unique food security indicators including Income and Economic Inequality.

GLOBAL GENDER GAP REPORT 2022:135th {World Economic Forum (WEF)] Iceland ranked 1st. Bottom rank: Afghanistan This report ranked 146 countries on their progress towards gender parity in four dimensions: Economic Participation and Opportunity, Educational Attainment, Health and Survival and Political Empowerment.

Within South Asia, India was ranked the sixth best on overall score after Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Bhutan.

GLOBAL HUNGER INDEX – 2021: According to the Irish aid agency Concern Worldwide and German organisation Welt Hunger Hilfe, India ranked 101st in 107 countries. The four indicators of this index are Undernourishment, Child Wasting, Child Stunting, and Child Mortality.

GLOBAL INNOVATON INDEX 2021: [World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)] 46th Switzerland ranked 1st. This index examined 132 economies based on 81 indicators.

GLOBAL KIDS RIGHTS INDEX 2021: (Kids Rights Foundation and Erasmus University Rotterdam) 112th in 182 countries. Iceland ranked 1st. This index surveyed in 5 different areas: Right to Life, Right to Health, Right to Education, Right to Protection, and Enabling Environment for Child Rights.

GLOBAL MANUFACTURING RISK INDEX: (the US-based property consultant Cushman Wakefield) 2nd China ranked 1st. It assesses the most advantageous locations for global manufacturing among 47 countries in Europe, the Americas and Asia-Pacific (APAC).

GLOBAL PEACE INDEX 2022: 135th [Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) Sydney] The index ranks 163 independent states and territories and measures the state of peace across three domains: the level of Societal Safety and Security, the extent of Ongoing Domestic and International Conflict, and the degree of Militarisation.

GLOBAL SKILLS REPORT 2021: (Coursera) 67thin more than 100 countries. Switzerland ranked 1st

GLOBAL TALENT COMPETITIVENESS INDEX 2021: (Adecco Group, INSEAD and Tata Communications) 88th in 134 countries. Switzerland ranked 1st.

GLOBAL TERRORISM INDEX 2022: [Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP)] 12th in163 countries. Afghanistan ranked 1ST. This index ranks the nations of the world according to terrorist activity.

HUMAN DEVELOPMENT INDEX 2020: (United Nations Development Program) 131st in 189 nations. Norway ranked 1st. This index is based on the three basic dimensions of human development- a long and healthy life, knowledge, and a decent standard of living.

HUMAN FREEDOM INDEX 2021: (American think tank Cato Institute and Fraser Institute in Canada) 119th Switzerland ranked 1st. This index measures the performance of 165 countries and covered 79 indicators.

“NEW GLOBAL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT” INDEX 2020: (Commonwealth Secretariat in London) 122nd in 181 countries. Singapore ranked 1st.

RULE OF LAW INDEX 2022: (World Justice Project) 79th in 139 countries. Rankings are based on eight factors: Constraints on Government Powers, Absence of Corruption, Open Government, Fundamental Rights, Order and Security, Regulatory, Enforcement, Civil Justice and Criminal Justice. India declined from the 69th position.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT REPORT 2021: (UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network) 120th in 193 countries. Finland ranked 1st.

TRACE GLOBAL BRIBERY RISK RANKING: (TRACE International) 82nd in 194 countries. Denmark ranked 1st.

USCIRF’S FREEDOM OF RELIGION REPORT 2022: (United States Commission on International Religious Freedom) Recommended to the US government to designate India as a “country of particular concern,” or CPC, for engaging in and tolerating systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of religious freedom, as defined by the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA).

WORLD DEMOCRACY INDEX 2021: (The Economist Intelligence Unit) 46th in 167 countries. Norway ranked 1st. Pakistan’s rank was 104. This index is based on 60 indicators in five different categories: electoral process and pluralism, civil liberties, functioning of government, political participation and political culture.

WORLD GIVING INDEX: (Charities Aid Foundation) 106th in 145 countries ranked according to how charitable they are. United States ranked 1st.

WORLD HAPPINESS REPORT 2021: (The United Nations Sustainable Development Solution Network) 136th in 149 countries. Finland ranked 1st. This index surveyed how happy the citizens perceive themselves to be.

WORLD INFANT MORTALITY RATE INDEX 2022: (UNICEF) 138th in 195 countries. Iceland ranked 1st. Sierra Leone ranked 195th. Pakistan ranked 181st.

WORLD PRESS FREEDOM INDEX 2022: 150th [the global media watchdog, Reporters Without Borders (RSF)] This index measured 180 countries. In 2021, India was ranked 142nd.

WORLD TALENT RANKING REPORT 2021: [International Institute for Management Development (IMD)] 56th in 64 countries. Switzerland ranked 1st.


India made remarkable advances in some areas but still needs considerable improvements in many spheres. India faces severe problems like poverty; starvation; shortage of water and its supply in many places; unemployment; inflation; social and economic inequality; violence against women; mafia-land, sand, timber, builders, coal, police, politicians, government officials, and others; marginalization of Dalits, Tribals, and other poor; lack of quality education and healthcare; pollution; migrant workers’ safety and security; casteism; religious hate and violencetargeting Muslim and Christian minorities; suppression of independent media-print, radio, electronic, and digital; repression of opposition leaders and parties; unequal distribution of wealth; black money economy; sharp democratic decline, erosion of freedoms, the degradation of the rule of law, and many other.

Only changes in moral and social values with good character development can produce people who can honestly, efficiently, and effectively tackle these vital issues.



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