NEW DELHI, Nov. 2 -- Can India break into the top 50 of the World Bank's Ease of Doing Business Index? After all, this was one of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's aims when he took over in 2014, when the country was ranked 142. Last year, India moved to 100. This year - the ranking was released on October 31 - it moved to 77. Like all ranking scales, a jump from 142 to 100 is likely to have been easier than one from 100 to 77, which means breaking the 50-barrier will be tough. Still, it can be done. China was ranked 78 in last year's ranking and moved to 46 this year. Overall, India's score is at 67.23 against China's 73.64 and a regional average of 56.71.

To improve its position, India should look at the areas where it needs to change. The ...