NEW DELHI: India has slipped 10 places to 51st position amongst 167 countries on the Democracy Index, an international ranking of the “maximum and least” democratic nations organized by way of the Economist Intelligence Unit, by and large, because of an “erosion of civil liberties inside the USA”.
The document said India’s score fell from 7.23 (out of 10) in 2018 to 6.9 in 2019, and attributed India’s “democratic regression” to the abrogation of J&K’s special status, suspension of internet in the newly shaped UT and protests over the CAA and the National Register of Citizens The rating of 6.9 is India’s lowest because the inception of the index in 2006. India’s decline coincides with what the record says has been a terrible 12 months for democracy globally. India stays properly above the 2019 worldwide average of 5.44. India’s highest rating turned into 7.91 in 2014 and for the reason that then it has declined. “The Indian government stripped the Jammu & Kashmir kingdom of its unique fame by way of repealing key constitutional provisions granting it powers of autonomy... Furthermore, Article 35A avoided Indian residents from other states from shopping land or belongings in J&K... Ahead of the move, the government deployed a big quantity of troops in J&K, imposed diverse different security measures and located nearby leaders below residence arrest, including people with seasoned-India credentials. The authorities additionally restricted the internet get right of entry to within the nation,” the document stated.
On the controversial NRC, the index stated, “A separate citizenship registration exercise in Assam... Has excluded 1.Nine million from the very last list of NRC. The great majority of human beings excluded from NRC are Muslims. The ruling nationalist BJP says that most people excluded from the listing are immigrants from Bangladesh, whose government denies this... The new citizenship regulation has enraged the large Muslim populace, stoked communal tensions and generated large protests in main towns.”
The file, which has evaluated countries on their civil liberties, political tradition, political participation, functioning of presidency and their electoral procedures and pluralism in countries, however, recorded a “regular and large upward trajectory” in people’s political participation globally, indicating that increasingly more humans have become concerned in the political processes and protesting in comparison to the years before.