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Post by Seva Lamberdar Tue Mar 09, 2021 10:16 am

NDTV (March 4, 2021):

India was downgraded to "partly free" for the first time since 1997 in an annual ranking of democracies by the U.S.-government funded research group Freedom House, which cited worsening civil rights under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The world's largest democracy slipped in rankings this year because of continuing discrimination against its Muslim citizens and increased harassment of government critics and journalists, according to the "Freedom in the World' report released by the Washington-based organization.

The report cited "a multi-year pattern in which the Hindu nationalist government and its allies have presided over rising violence and discriminatory policies." It listed several events in 2020 like religious riots in Delhi, use of sedition laws against critics and hardships endured by migrant workers after PM Modi announced a sudden lockdown to control the coronavirus pandemic.

India was among 73 nations downgraded for declines in political rights and civil liberties, affecting three-fourths of the world's population. The report, which ranks 210 nations, found that states designated "Not Free" have reached the highest since 2006. Those affected included not just authoritarian states like China, Belarus, and Venezuela, but also troubled democracies like the U.S. and India.

>>> The U.S. lawmakers and Think Tanks might give a thought as to what their own democracy in the U.S. lacks currently, in relation to the democracy in India,

(1) a system of separate religious laws officially for different communities (as Christian Law, Jewish Law, Muslim Law, Hindu Law, Sikh Law, and so on) under the secular label;

(2) Govt. quotas and reservations (50% seats, or more) in education and jobs according to the ancestral family occupation label (caste / class); and

(3) the number of people in the country (U.S.) at 4.2 billion (instead of 340 million U.S. population presently), rendering the U.S. with same population density as India (about 420 people per sq km).  
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