Despite good-economic-growth, India way behind in overall happiness ranking: Pranab
(Sourced from PTI)
Former President Pranab Mukherjee yesterday said despite the country having high GDP growth, high average life expectancy, which went up from 31.4 years to 68 years at present, and a quantum jump in foodgrain production since 1947, India is "way behind" in the overall happiness ranking. India occupies the 133rd place (according to a world survey) in overall happiness ranking in 2018, Mukherjee said.
"This (poor happiness ranking) indicates a lack of holistic approach towards development. A quest for happiness is closely tied with the quest for sustainable development - a culmination for human well being, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability," Mukherjee said at an Indian Chamber of Commerce event in Kolkata. He said there should be a focus on social welfare and mental well-being of people.
The former President also said economic activity should not be limited to profit-making alone, but "one has to consider about the planet and people for laying a strong foundation of industrial development and growth".