There is more economic freedom than personal freedom in India, according to report
PTI | January 12, 2013
India may be the world's largest democracy, but it fares abysmally poorly in a human freedom development index brought out by two international institutes.
While India ranks 92nd among 123 countries ranked in the most complete index of human freedom yet available, New Zealand leads in human freedom, followed by the Netherlands and Hong Kong with the US and Denmark tied at seventh spot.
According to Canada's leading public policy think-tank Fraser Institute and Germany's Liberales Institut, India "does very poorly" on safety and security -- a key ingredient in maintaining personal freedom and a significant factor in economic growth.
The index is part of a new book, Towards a Worldwide Index of Human Freedom, which examines the characteristics of "freedom" and how it can best be measured and compared between different nations.
"India's position on the index is quite worrying. Contrary to what we might predict, India's score on personal freedom is 5.6 and that on economic freedom is 6.48 - making the overall score 6.06 on a ten-point scale," said Centre for Civil Society, New Delhi based think tank in a release.
India does particularly poorly on measurement of freedom of expression, which creates a score based on freedom of speech, laws and regulations that influence media content, political pressures and controls on media content and dress code in public etc, it says.
Incidentally, India's neighbour Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Myanmar are among the lowest-ranked countries in the human freedom index. Other countries in this bracket are Zimbabwe and war-torn Syria.
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