The political interference in the functioning of institutions is not called for. But unfortunately, this problem has been there in our country since independence. We all know that Old habits die hard. It may take a lot of time to come out of such habits. Hope our politicians will come out of these habits quickly and will never interfere in the functioning of such issues.
For example if last to last year the crime cases in the city were 45920 numbers and last year the number was 44010 then we can comfortably say that there is a decrease in the crime rate transforming to a percentage of 0.05% decrease. No one sees the total numbers. Everyone is happy with the word decrease.
So statistical data affect the public the way they are presented not the way they actually are. This is happening all over the world and there are various agencies busy in these activities.
I asked one shopkeeper who is having a big store how much GST he is paying. He told that he is paying on an average Rs 10000-12000 per month. I asked him what about the input GST deduction. He took some time but finally revealed that if we consider that input benefit then he is practically paying only Rs 4000-5000 per month. I could not understand what he means by saying 'practically' but the thing is data looks the way you show it.
When you go to the bank they will tell you that the maturity value of your FD is such and such and interest is credited in a compound manner. I asked him why he is telling that it is compound because I have not seen any bank paying simple interest on long term cumulative FD. It is always compound. So deceptive language is used by these data presenters in all the organisations.
Another interesting thing is inflation. Sometimes they will announce that though inflation was increasing on an average 5-6% for so many years but last year it has increased by 2% only. What does it mean? It simply means that prices are risen by 2% but they will say inflation is decreasing.
So GDP is also a statistical data and you have to see the way it is presented.
Knowledge is power.
More information from:-1. https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/indicators/raghuram-rajan-raises-doubts-about-india-growing-at-7-says-cloud-over-gdp-data-needs-to-be-cleared/articleshow/68581012.cms