Kerala v/s BiMaROU

COMPARISON

Not long before, when I asked my cousin elder brother, who is an established professional and an avid reader and had roamed almost the entire country – “What place must be the best to live in India if I get to choose ?“, he didn’t hesitate to answer immediately -“That would be Kerala.” I wondered why would he say a place too far south and too unknown in language and culture to people above Tropic of Cancer. The curious mind never stops analyzing and so did I. I began to search on various aspects that would help me justify his opinion.

High Human Development Index (HDI) – 0.790 ; Highest Literacy Rate – 93.9 % ; Highest Life Expectancy – 77 years ; Highest Sex Ratio – 1.084 ; Least Corrupt State of India ; Highest Media Exposure in India ; Lowest Positive Population Growth Rate – 3.44 % ; Lowest Murder Rate ; Highest % of Households with Toilets – 90% ; Highest Biodiversity in India ; among Highest Air Quality and Pollution ; Highest Initiative to Mitigate Environmental Conditions 

I compare it with Indian states that are collectively called BiMaROU (Bihar (& Jharkhand), Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh). I didn’t have to make much effort, as in every list this group was found collectively among lower rankings (in positive parameters) and higher rankings (in negative parameters).

FACTOR CRITERIA KERALA BIHAR J’KHAND MP RAJ ODISHA UP
= # = # = # = # = # = # = #
HDI 1.000 – Highest , 0.000 – Lowest 0.79 1 0.37 21 0.38 19 0.37 20 0.43 17 0.36 22 0.38 18
Literacy Rate % of Literate 93.9 1 63.8 35 63.6 32 70.6 28 67.1 33 73.5 25 69.7 29
Life Expectancy No. of Years (19 States ) 77 1 61.6 12 58 17 57.9 19 62 11 59.6 15 60 14
Sex Ratio # Females / Males 1.08 1 0.91 12 0.92 11 0.93 9 0.90 15 0.95 4 0.87 17
Corruption Composite Corruption Score (20 States ) 2.4 1 6.95 20 5.2 14 5.84 18 5.43 16 4.75 9 4.91 10
Media Exposure % of People exposed to Media 99 1 73 25 59 29 70 27 76 23 77 22 78 19
Pop. Growth Rate % increase from previous year 4.9 28 25.1 3 22.3 7 20.3 9 21.4 8 14 21 20.1 10
Murder Rate # deaths / 1,00,000 1.1 28 3.6 8 5.3 2 3.2 12 2.1 24 3.8 6 2.4 21
Sanitation % Houses with Toilets 93 1 18 25 8 29 13 28 20 24 14 27 22 23
Air Pollution ESI 0.75 3 -0.38 20 -1.33 29 -0.25 18 -0.45 22 0.45 8 -1.05 27

= : Value , # : Rank

HDI : Human Development Index

ESI : Environmental Sustainability Index

 

This is a clear contrast between the two extremes, on one side, the weak part of Indian economy, that needs most attention and on the other side, an ideal state which has already established the developmental goals for the nation, by portraying itself as an ideal state.

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