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The recently released UN-sponsored World Happiness Report 2018 ranks Pakistan 75th out of 156 countries in terms of how happy their citizens are. That is a significant progress. Last year, we stood at the 80th position.
There has been rejoicing at what is seen as Pakistan’s superiority in the ranking table above all its neighbors which includes China and India.
Basically, Gallup formed the basis of the report, their sample size was 1,600 which Gallup described as “national representative” — a bit difficult to believe given Pakistan’s diversity and size of its population (208 million, according to the 2017 census). The interviews were conducted face-to-face in Urdu and the rural areas were also covered, unlike in the earlier years.
Hamza Alavi, the academic, who did groundbreaking studies on the ‘biradari’ systems in a village in Punjab, confirmed the trait one encounters in work of this kind. He once described to me the length to which he had to go to win the people’s confidence to get them to talk candidly about their personal matters.
He said that the common man in our society conventionally gives the reply that he senses is expected of him. Did Gallup encounter similar problems?