India Among Biggest Losers and Pakistan Among Biggest Gainers in World Happiness Rankings
|World Happiness Trends in India and Pakistan. Source: United Nations|
Countries in Scandinavia continue to to top the list while Sub-Saharan African nations remain at the bottom. Pakistan ranks 67 among 156 countries, tops South Asia region. China ranks 93, Bhutan 95, Nepal 100, Iran 117, Bangladesh 125, Iraq 126, India 140 and Afghanistan at 154.
Indian Prime Minister Modi has been accused by his critics of stoking tensions with Pakistan ahead of this year's general elections to divert attention from his government's poor performance. Some analysts believe that recent Indian airstrikes in Pakistan have helped bolster Modi's domestic support among his among his right-wing Hindu Nationalists base.
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