India is a country that has been experiencing substantial economic growth during the past decades, but it should be kept in mind that there is no correlation between the fiscal strength of a country and its average citizen's quality of life.
For instance, Bhutan is country of no consequence in the economic field, but I would much rather live in Bhutan than in India. The reasons are as follows: fewer people, less pollution, and a peace of mind that I could only dream of attaining in India.
If I had to choose between living in India or Pakistan, I would definitely opt for Pakistan for pretty much the same reasons as the ones that would have compelled me to choose Bhutan over India.
That the Pakistani society is far more secular than the Indian, is something that is conveniently forgotten by most observers. In Pakistan the Islamic fundamentalist parties like the Jamaat-e-Islami accumulate a negligible amount of the popular vote, whereas in India the Hindu fundamentalist BJP, with the backing of terrorist groups such as RSS, VHP, and the Bajrang Dal, have been able to form government in the past, and are likely to do so again.
The Pakistanis are far less nationalistic than the Indians. Whereas the Indians will annoy you with their nationalism and their pig-headed defence of the actions of their authorities, you will be pleasantly surprised by the critical outlook of the Pakistanis in regard to such matters. The Pakistanis question more.
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