1.) If you want to check happiness and dont believe in per capita income, fine, check out the HPI; GNHI or whatever.And the fact is per capita is all income / all population .... few in your country are very rich (surely by ripping of the poor) and other very poor...that per capita is just average. Not necessary means that everyone is happy.
2ndly With floods, WOT, economic problems HDI is suppose to be low. BTW you are way below namibia ...so its doesn't matter who is behind who in HDI what matter is how to see it in future, with floods and WOT and other problems we are hopeful we'll do better...and thats what count.
3rdly You spend 1 trillion on infrastructure will not make as big of change if we spend on 20% of it in our country. how much you spend in your country compared vis a vis to pakistan is like comparing apples and oranges. I thought you are the smart one.
and sky scrappers are not sign of something huge.... for e.g. quetta city no matter if it becomes the richest city of the world and UN wants to transfer her HO here still there wont be any sky scrappers.
There is some logic behind it .. think about it.
2.) And you think we dont have problems? Take a look at the BIMARU states which contain almost all of Indias poorest. But even with all those millions and millions of poor people we still got medium level HDI if you take the average of all Indian states together while single states like Kerala have the highest HDI in the entire region .
3.) I dont really get what you want to say, but his point was that India will always have more economic power.
4.) Skyscrapers have become a symbol of economic success almost everywhere in the world. Surely, they can be seen as a "show off" object as well but they are practical and undeniably a symbol of success of their respective companies, investors etc...