Increase in sufferings in India has also resulted in increase in sufferings in South Asia, the latest report from the American opinion poll agency said. "Average suffering in India more than doubled between 2006 to 2008 and 2010 to 2012. In 2012, a full quarter of Indians were suffering," it said.

"The significant deterioration in Indians' well-being is likely to be rooted in the country's disappointing economic performance. India's growth rate has now sunk from 9.4 percent in the first quarter of 2010 to 4.4 percent in the second quarter of 2013, the worst quarterly rate since 2002," it said.

Gallup said the Indian government's failure to cut graft and red tape, as well as to liberalize its markets for labour, energy and land explains why the World Bank continues to rank the country as a bad place to do business. Suffering, on average, has increased worldwide in the past several years, and nowhere more than in South Asia. One in seven adults worldwide rated their lives poorly enough to be considered suffering in 2012.

South Asia led the world in suffering at 24 percent, followed by 21 percent in the Balkans and the Middle East and North Africa. Gallup said the massive increase in suffering among South Asians is largely attributable to negative developments in India, the region's giant.

India's northern neighbour Nepal has fared no better, it said adding that average suffering there increased by 17 percentage points between 2006-2008 and 2010-2012. "Yet because of its relatively small population, the increase in suffering had a negligible effect on the regional average. Since Nepal abolished the monarchy five years ago, the country has been mired in a political crisis that has paralyzed the economy," it said.


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