Home to 131 of the world’s wealthiest people, India ranks 4th in the total number of billionaires on the planet, according to a Forbes survey of 2017.

Ironically, India also comes in 4th on the Global Slavery Index of 2016 - an annual study of world-wide slavery conditions by country published by the Walk Free Foundation. The study estimates 1.8 crore people living in some form of modern slavery in our country.

This year, for #36daysoftype, we at Reach have talked about lesser known social issues for A-Z. For the numbers, we thought it would be interesting to have each number correspond to where India stands in the world with respect to a particular index, and what’s more, how that number was arrived at.

For the number series, we want to shine a light on the research bodies who bring us this valuable data, that help us apply much needed context to ourselves and our shared world. These entities work hard to scour through heaps of data, corroborate with and consolidate various studies, use innumerable tools and sampling methods, and most of all, exercise the rigour required to present this information in a consumable way, available for scrutiny, peer-review, and in an ideal world — positive changes in policy and the way we behave as a society.

Let us know what you think! If you want to point out any errors, please tell us where it’s wrong, and how it’s wrong, and we’d be happy to change our position!