Moving up the ranks, India has emerged as the second most
trusted country in the world in terms of faith reposed on its institutions
even as globally trust levels have fallen, says a survey.
As the world’s rich and powerful gather in the Swiss
resort of Davos, a study by public relations firm Edelman has found that
general level of trust in institutions among college-educated people around
the globe are at levels not seen since 2009 in many of the markets it
Trust in institutions in India has improved sharply in
2015 with the country moving up three notches to the second place among 27
While the number of “truster” countries are at an
all-time low of six in 2015 including UAE, India, China and Netherlands, the
number of “distruster” countries has grown significantly to 13 including
Japan, Russia, Hong Kong, South Africa and Italy.
Brazil, Malaysia, France and the US are among the 8
“neutral” nations as per the trust index, the survey said.
India, which last year saw the BJP-led NDA government
storming to power at the Centre, stands tall.
According to the report, an “alarming evaporation of
trust” has happened across all institutions, reaching the lows of the Great
Recession in 2009.
Trust in government, business, media and NGOs in the
general population is below 50 per cent in two-thirds of countries,
including the U.S., U.K. and Germany, it said.
From fifth most trusted in 2014, India has now become the
second-most trusted in 2015 with a score of 79 per cent in the barometer.
The study has put India Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s image on the first
After meeting for close to five hours, including an
extended lunch, tea on the Hyderabad House lawns, and delegation level
talks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama issued three
separate documents: a declaration of friendship with a commitment to regular
summits, a joint statement called “Shared Effort, Progress for all”, and a
joint strategic vision statement for the Asia-Pacific and the Indian ocean
The last document could raise eyebrows in China, when
External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj visits Beijing next week, as it
elaborates on the clauses in their previous joint statement for the disputed
maritime region, and says, “We affirm the importance of safeguarding
maritime security and ensuring freedom of navigation and over flight
throughout the region, especially in the South China Sea.”
Conspicuous by its absence was mention of “cross-border”
terrorism or India’s issues with Pakistan, although the two sides repeated
their September commitment to “disrupt” terror groups including
Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e- Mohammad, D Company and the Haqqani Network.