India now becomes as autocratic as Pakistan, worse than Bangladesh: Sweden institute’s Democracy Report

A Sweden-based institute has said in its research that India is no longer an ‘electoral democracy’, but an ‘electoral autocracy’.

According to the report, since the victory of BJP and Narendra Modi in the year 2014, the democratic form of the country has become very weak and now it has come into the state of ‘dictatorship’.

V-Dem, an independent research institute at the University of Gothenburg, has published this report after analyzing the data.

It had said in its previous report that India is on the verge of losing its democracy status. This year’s report has confirmed this apprehension. This year is based on the figures of 2020.

The report says the picture of India could not be more clear last year due to not having enough figures, but due to the new figures, now it can be said with full claim that India has turned into an ‘electoral dictatorship’.

Also read: India dropped from the list of ‘free’ countries in Freedom House’s 2021 Democracy report

Due to this, in the V-DEM report, out of 180 countries, India has been included in the category of lower 50 percent countries. This year it is at 97th position.

Media’s voice is being crushed, defamation, seditious laws used in India

The report of the V-DEM Institute says that India, the world’s largest democracy with a population of 137 crores, has now turned into an ‘electoral autocracy’ ie electoral dictatorship. India was earlier classified as ‘Electoral Democracy’. The report cites the voice of independent media as a major reason for putting India in the category of electoral dictatorship, as well as the excessive use of the laws of defamation and treason.

The report says that India now has as much ‘electoral autocracy’ as in Pakistan. Not only this, according to the report, India’s position in this case is far worse than its neighbors like Bangladesh and Nepal. The report also said that after BJP came to power and Narendra Modi became Prime Minister, the government was misusing the law to silence critics.

More than 7,000 people accused of treason under Modi Govt: report

According to the report, “The PM Modi-led government in India has generally used treason, defamation and anti-terrorism laws against those who criticize it. According to the report, more than 7,000 people have been charged with treason after the BJP came to power. Most of them are critics of the ruling party. ” The report said that because of this India has slipped significantly lower on the Liberal Democracy Index (LDI) scale.

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