Is being happy with Pakistan’s happiness ranking justified?
The position of Pakistan in ‘Human Development Index’ is 147 out of 188 countries. HDI is a composite statistic of three elements namely, Life expectancy, Education and Per Capita Income. Infant mortality rate in Pakistan is the worst in the world according to a UNICEF report. Corruption is rampant and most Pakistanis with some guts want to leave the country for greener pastures abroad whenever given a chance and according to surveys Pakistanis speak ill of the conditions in their country when abroad unlike Indians who praise their country when abroad.
Taking all these factors into consideration it looks strange when we hear that Pakistanis are happier than their neighbours in the region. Being naively happy and contented is not a good sign. We should be worried where it warrants and try to improve things. Being happy with ‘something is better than nothing’ is somewhat behaving like Stalin’s chicken. .. CN report, 27 Mar 2018