An India that’s getting brighter at night need not necessarily be performing far better in economic terms
If you are an economist, you are likely to find an audience today if you can claim to have used ‘big data analysis’. And if you say you have used satellite data in your analysis, you are guaranteed a receptive audience. That perhaps explains the use of satellite images in this year’s Economic Survey. In an otherwise bland survey, its night-light images of the country stood out.