I like data. when I used to be in corpodom – I would analyze tons and tons of data, trying to see patterns that would give us a competitive advantage. Unlike most in my company, when viewer ship figure came in, I would ask for raw data – trying to find things beyond the obvious.
Today, I was looking for data for a column, and i just stumbled upon the Google Public Data Explorer – spent a nice hours looking at interesting visual comparisons.
Time taken to start a business – How does India stand vis-a-vis the BRIC countries, developed nations (Have only included the US & Germany in this) and the rest of the world.
The data is from the World Bank, Development Indicators.
I would hate to start a business in Brazil. And, I am surprised that it takes more days to start a business in China rather than India. And, India has improved – from 89 days in 2003 (we started our business that year) to 29 days in 2010 (we started our second business in 2009 – the film business).
High Technology Exports (as a % of Manufacturing)
It is interesting to see how China has overtaken the United States slowly but surely. And, that gap is widening. Both Brazil and Russia do better than India. I am not sure if there is any policy in place that looks at addressing this.
Internet Users as a Percentage of Population
While Indians are the third largest population grouping on the net, the number of Indians are a tenth of the population. It would be interesting to know how many of these net users are regular – how many of them use the net beyond e-mail. Facebook says it has 38 million registered accounts out of India, but that doesn’t tell you level or nature of activity.
Adolescent Fertility Rates – births per 100 for women aged between 15 to 19
This is an abysmal figure, vis-a-vis India. And, going beyond the fact that these barely educated girls are becoming mothers – and will continue to be in the reproductive phase for the next 2 decades (at least), it also reflects poorly on the state of women’s rights in India. Compulsory Education. Compulsory enforcement of the age of marriage. Religious leaders -across the board be damned. This figure needs to go down. Else India will, literally, screw itself out of resources.
That is a seriously large %. I wonder how growth will be sustained if less than 40% of the Land is usable for other purposes including industry, cities and habitation. This figure is especially worrying, when you compare it to the Agricultural Value Add (As a % of GDP).
not the best – serious amounts of land being used inefficiently … and both China and the US has 7 times more land. the US has a third of our population.