India slips 11 spots on World Happiness Index, lags behind Pakistan and China
NEW DELHI: India ranked 133rd, far behind terror-ravaged Pakistan and poorest-of-poor Nepal in the global list of the happiest countries, according to a United Nations report released on Wednesday. It slipped 11 places as it was placed 122nd last year, which was a drop from 118th rank the preceding year. It was behind the majority of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) nations, apart from war-ravaged Afghanistan, that stood at 145. Among the eight Saarc nations, Pakistan was at 75th position, up five spots from last year. Nepal stood at 101, Bhutan at 97, Bangladesh at 115 while Sri Lanka was at 116. India’s other testy neighbour, China, was also far ahead at 86th spot. The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network's (SDSN) 2018 World Happiness Report ranked 156 countries according to things such as GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, social freedom, generosity and absence of corruption.