India Falls 10 Steps on Democracy IndexAccording to the report of Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) on annual Global Democracy Index 2017, India has fallen to 42nd place from 32nd place last year. The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) is a British business within the Economist Group providing forecasting and advisory services through research and analysis. Democracy Index of the Economist Intelligence Unit is based on five categories i) electoral process and pluralism, ii) civil liberties, iii) the functioning of government, iv) political participation and v) political culture. The countries are classified in four types of regimes i) full democracy, ii) flawed democracy, iii) hybrid regime and iv) authoritarian regime based on their scores in these categories. India has been continued to be classified in the flawed democracy.
The report mentioned that the strengthening of right-wing Hindu forces in an otherwise secular country led to a rise of vigilantism and violence against minority communities, particularly Muslims, as well as other dissenting voices. India has also become a more dangerous place for journalists, especially the central state of Chhattisgarh and the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir. The authorities there have restricted freedom of the press, closed down several newspapers and heavily controlled mobile internet services.
In past few years, especially after the BJP government came to power, majoritarianism is on rise. This is ruining the image of India internationally. Please opine.