In terms of multidimensional poverty, it is only Bangladesh that is behind India, with even Pakistan scoring better, not to speak of China and Sri Lanka. And in intensity of deprivation, not just China and Sri Lanka but Bangladesh also is ahead of India, with only Pakistan behind.
According to the inequality adjusted HDI, which captures the effect that inequality has on development, Sri Lanka and China again lead the pack, India and Bangladesh come next with Pakistan following.
When it comes to gender inequality, China and Sri Lanka are far ahead, with higher ranks in gender equality than their regular HDI ranks.
Pakistan and Bangladesh score only slightly better in gender equality than HDI rank. Startlingly, India's gender rank is lower than its HDI rank.
Image: Rag pickers search for recyclable material in a garbage dump near waste water flowing out of industrial units in Jammu, India.