WHY THE WEST LEADS INDIA
Maharashtra and Gujarat share the top spot as the most improved among big states. Arunachal Pradesh tops the list in small states.
In 2010, Assam was ranked at the bottom of the pile of 20 big states in the categories of agriculture and governance in INDIA TODAY’S State of the States report. In 2011, Assam finds itself ranked number one in both categories. Lest eyebrows be raised, it is important to clearly state upfront that the latest, ninth edition of the State of the States uses a radically different methodology from the one used in the past eight editions, to rank states. For the first time, our study ranks states on the basis of the improvement they have recorded in the past year. This year, the period surveyed for the purpose of ranking the states is between 2009-2010 and 2010-2011. For the sake of continuity, the rankings, like in all previous editions, are