The Human Development Report 2013, named “The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World” puts India at 136 position.
The Human Development Index measures progress in life expectancy, access to knowledge and a decent standard of living or gross national income per capita.
India’s HDI value for 2012 is at 0.554, placing it in the medium human development category.
India’s HDI value has gone up from 0.345 to 0.554 between 1980 and 2012, an increase of 61 per cent. Life expectancy at birth increased by 10.5 years. The gross national income (GNI) per capita went up 273 per cent, the report says.
In the Gender Inequality Index -India has been ranked 132nd among the 148 countries.
Some figures from the report:
Human Development Index- 0.554 Rank- 136
Gender Inequality Index- 0.610 Rank- 132
Multidimensional Poverty Index – 0.283 (year 2005-2006)
The report also has word of praise for developing economies mentioning that, “For the first time in 150 years, the combined output of the developing world’s three leading economies—Brazil, China and India—is about equal to the combined GDP of the longstanding industrial powers of the North—Canada, France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom and the United States.”
Reference and further Reading-
GCG’s article on Human Development Index