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February 24, 2004
India is going great guns notching up impressive growth rates. Incomes are rising and material goods are easily available. 'Feel-good' is the dominant theme.
Still, when it comes to happiness, Indians are not well placed. A recent international survey conducted in 65 countries by the World Values Survey put India at 21 on the happiness scale.
Believe it or not, poor, backward Nigeria had the highest percentage of happy people. The US ranked 16th, Australia 20th, and Britain 24th.
So tell us. Are you feeling good? Are you happy? Is Gross National Product an adequate indicator of happiness?