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Why India Lags in Happiness Index Rankings?

CASE DEBATE, HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
ET Cases, 5 Pages
AUTHOR(S) : Y. Bala Bharathi and Dr. Nagendra V. Chowdary

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Why India Lags in Happiness Index Rankings?

"Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination".1

- Mark Twain

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."2

– Mahatma Gandhi

Wouldn't you want to be happy, for ever? What would be the ultimate purpose of any human endeavor? What is the expected outcome of every enterprising activityy?

Are Indians - individuals, families, institutions - happy? Intriguingly, India's ratings in Happiness Index indicate unequivocally that Indians aren't happy and India isn't a happy nation while it's a happening nation. Are Indians going wrong somewhere? Is India progressively regressing? After 71 years of independence, why is it that India accounts for the largest number of people living below international poverty line? Reporting that India accounts for one in three of the poor population worldwide, the World Bank report said India accounted for the largest number of people living below the international poverty line in 2013, with 30% of its population under the $1.90-a-day poverty measure3................

Exhibits

Exhibit I: India’s Happiness Ranking is Falling Consistently

Exhibit II: Glimpse of World Happiness Report 2018


1 https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1244.Mark_Twain (Accessed date: May 21st 2018)

2 http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/12/25/9-happiness-is-when-what-you-think-what-you-say-andwhat-you-do-are-in-harmony-discuss-the-meaning-of-this-quote-and-explain-how-it-is-applicable-both-inpersonal-and-professiona/, December 25th 2015 (Accessed date: May 21st 2018)

3 “India has highest number of people living below poverty line: World Bank”, https://www.businesstoday.in/current/economy-politics/india-has-highest-number-of-people-living-below-poverty-line-world-bank/story/238085.html (Accessed on May 19th 2018)

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Why India Lags in Happiness Index Rankings?

Preamble

The purpose of this teaching plan is neither to outline the answers to Case Debate’s discussion questions nor to suggest an ideal way of conducting an effective debate basis the given topic. It is more to share the authors’ perspectives, basis their classroom orchestration, on possible ways of orchestrating this Case Debate.

Purpose of the Case Debate

Purpose of this Case Debate, which is a prelude to the Case Method of Teaching, is to inculcate the following skills [Exhibit (TP)-I] that would amply benefit the participants during their career.......

As this Case Debate is based on a very generic topic, the purpose is not to dwell into only the research-based inputs but more to prepare the students/participants for the process of case discussion – except that while the case discussion would be based on the case facts, the Case Debate encourages the students/participants to present their ideas with no rigorous business dilemma.........

Exhibits

Exhibit (TP)-I: CASE DEBATE – SKILL SCOPING

Exhibit (TP)-II: Public and Private Split in the Total Health Expenditure

Exhibit (TP)-III: Classroom Orchestration Plan – Why India Lags In Happiness Index Rankings?

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Abstract

This Case Debate enables an animated discussion and debate on India's ranking in the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network's (SDSN) World Happiness Report 2018. The 2018 report, which is sixth in the series, ranked 156 countries according to six parameters such as GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, social freedom, generosity and absence of corruption. The World Happiness Index 2018, which measures countries in terms of happiness, has placed India in the 133rd position, a drop of 11 places from last year's 122nd rank. India was ranked 118th in 2016.

India's rank in the World Happiness Report 2018 was far behind other neighbouring countries such as Pakistan, Nepal and China, to name a few. The report ranked Finland as the happiest country, closely followed by Norway and Denmark. Burundi was listed as the least happy country.

This Case Debate centres around (a) Why has India not progressed well on such an important metric? (b) What have all the welfare programs and economic development over the last 71 years done to Indian citizens’ happiness? (c) What would it take to improve the ranking? (d) Is GNP a better measure than GDP? (e) Should employee happiness be a HR mandate in every company?

Purpose of this Case Debate, which is a prelude to the Case Method of Teaching, is to inculcate the following skills that would amply benefit the participants during their career:

(a) Ideation
(b) Discussion and Debate
(c) Empathy
(d) Appreciation

Case Debate Positioning and Setting

Depending on the purpose, this Case Debate can be used for either of the following:

  • MBA Programs – Human Resource Management – To debate on the role of HR department to strive for employees’ well-being with ‘Happy People – Happy Employees’ mandate.
  • Undergraduate Programs/BBA Programs – To sensitize the participants to the relationship between economic development and happiness


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