We should follow Norway which is one of the most secular and democratic countries of the world instead of paying undue attention to Pakistan. According to the Democratic Index 2019, India has slipped down to 51st rank with a score of 6.90 out of 10. Now, we must try to beat the champion Norway (score 9.87) instead of slowly moving towards Pakistan (score: 4.25).
Vibrant democracy and secular ideals also helped Norway achieve the number one slot in the 2019 Human Development Index. We need to emulate Norway to improve our 129th rank in HDI instead of being enamoured with 152nd ranked Pakistan.
It is matter of grave concern that India has been heading downwards in the World Press Freedom Index from 133rd rank in 2016 to 138 in 2017 to 140 in 2019. We have alarmingly been inching closer to 150th ranked Pakistan. Now, we must reverse the backward pull towards Pakistan and move forward to have a healthy competition with the numero uno Norway.
Sujit De, Kolkata
Matter of grave concern