Global Happiness Index 2023: Happiness is the end for which all means are pursued. Although happiness is a very vague concept, it is based on different conceptions for different individuals. Yet, there are some parameters that are necessary for a person’s survival, like a favorable environment, trust, generosity, health, and social support, among others. The United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network published a report on happiness called the World Happiness Index Report. And now Chairperson of the RPG Group, Harsh Goenka, has taken up a flute and started to cry.
Global Happiness Index 2023 and Harsh Goenka
In a recent Global Happiness Index 2023report, Finland topped the chart. The report places India at 126th place. The interesting part is that India is ranked much lower than Russia and Ukraine, the countries that have been engaged in war for more than a year.
Even countries like China, which oppress the people, and Sri Lanka, which is facing its worst economic crisis, are also ranked above India. Considering all that, the credibility of such a report comes into question. Nevertheless, most of the Indians do not consider the report to be justified, and hence the report goes unnoticed.
But Harsh Goenka, the chairman of RPG Group, seems to be saddened. He tweeted, “I am saddened to see India perform miserably in what I believe is the most important parameter to reflect the state of the nation, the “Global Happiness Index 2023′. What is the reason, and what should we do about it?”
I am saddened to see India perform miserably in what I believe is the most important parameter to reflect the state of the nation ‘Global Happiness Index 2023’.
What is the reason and what should we do about it? pic.twitter.com/MjZrFY8Zpo
— Harsh Goenka (@hvgoenka) March 21, 2023
Someone should remind Harsh Goenka that India does not consider the Global Happiness Index 2023 to be credible. Is Harsh Goenka too naive to understand it? Actually, he does not want to lose any opportunity to criticize the government of India. So, whenever anything comes against India, he and people like him start to cry for change.
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The report is biased and flawed
The Global Happiness Index 2023 has always been criticized for various reasons, like:
- Subjectivity: The report relies on self-reported data from the Gallup World Poll, which is based on individuals’ own perceptions of their happiness and well-being. This means that rankings can be influenced by cultural differences.
- Lack of diversity: The report tends to focus on a narrow set of factors that are believed to contribute to happiness, such as income, social support, and freedom, and completely ignores socio-cultural aspects.
- Political bias: Some critics have accused the report of having a political bias, pointing to the fact that countries with more liberal, democratic governments tend to rank higher on the happiness index.
- Methodological issues: The report has been criticized for its methodology, including its use of linear regression to analyze the data and its reliance on subjective measures of happiness and well-being.
- Lack of attention to inequality: While the report includes a measure of income inequality in its rankings, some critics argue that it does not pay enough attention to the ways in which inequality can undermine happiness and well-being.
So, there is nothing serious about India’s ranking in the World Happiness Ranking, and Harsh Goenka needs to understand it before everyone starts to ignore him. However, there is always scope for increasing the happiness of the people, and so the government needs to focus on its policies to be more oriented towards human development.
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