Bangladesh more peaceful than India

DHAKA June 13

Some of the SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) nations like Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan are more peaceful than India, according to a survey of Global Peace Index (GPI) for 158 countries, released on Tuesday.

The study, conducted by Australia and US-based Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), claimed that the world was more peaceful in 2011 as powerful nations had austerity-driven defence cuts.

However, Bangladesh slipped to 91 as compared to 83 last year while India and Pakistan ranked 142 and 149 respectively.

The survey founder Steve Killelea, an Australian entrepreneur who had created the initial index six years ago, said that in the past 12 months India’s relation with its neighbours has improved. Sri Lanka has moved up 27 positions — the emerald island’s best show in GPI so far.

“We expect this to continue for betterment of the entire region,” he added.

The survey studied 23 indicators across 158 countries, ranging from measures of civil unrest and crime to military spending, involvement in armed conflict and ties with neighbours.

The report claims that except the deterioration in West Asia, every other region in the world showed at least some form of improvement.

The GPI showed that for the first time, sub-Saharan Africa was no longer the world’s least peaceful region, losing that dubious distinction to West Asia and North Africa in the aftermath of the “Arab Spring”.

The Asia-Pacific region is the fourth most peaceful region in the world as its overall GPI score improved remarkably from last year.