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India Downgraded From 'Free' to 'Partly Free' by US Think Tank
The report by Freedom House said that the deterioration in political rights and civil liberties had "only accelerated after Modi’s reelection in 2019".
India Downgraded From 'Free' to 'Partly Free' by US Think Tank

Protest against the CAA, NRC and NPR at Delhi's Jaffrabad. Photo: PTI/Files


New Delhi: India’s status has been downgraded from ‘Free’ to ‘Partly Free‘ by the US government-funded NGO Freedom House due to “a crackdown on expressions of dissent by the media, academics, civil society groups, and protesters”.

India’s score in the organisation’s annual Freedom in the World report this year – based on data from 2020 – was 67, a drop from 71/100 from 2020, which downgraded it from the free category.
The democracy advocacy group noted that India’s fall from the upper ranks of free nations could “have a particularly damaging impact on global democratic standards”. The report said that the deterioration in political rights and civil liberties had “only accelerated after Modi’s reelection in 2019” and that judicial independence had also come under strain.
“In one case, a judge was transferred immediately after reprimanding the police for taking no action during riots in New Delhi that left over 50 people, mostly Muslims, dead,” the report said referring to the transfer of Justice S. Muralidhar from the Delhi high court in February 2020.
The report also made a note of Uttar Pradesh’s ‘love jihad’ law to prohibit forced religious conversion through interfaith marriage and said that a number of Muslim men had been arrested for allegedly forcing Hindu women to convert to Islam.
It further cited the abrupt COVID-19 lockdown “which left millions of migrant workers in cities without work or basic resources” and “resulted in the dangerous and unplanned displacement of millions of internal migrant workers”. The lockdown, which had been announced by PM Modi on March 24, 2020, prompted thousands of migrant workers, who were stranded, to undertake long journeys home on foot. Many workers also died of starvation, exhaustion and rail accidents.

Referring to the vilification of members of the Tablighi Jamaat, the report further said that Muslims were scapegoated and blamed for the spread of the coronavirus and faced attacks by vigilante mobs. “Rather than serving as a champion of democratic practice and a counterweight to authoritarian influence from countries such as China, Modi and his party are tragically driving India itself toward authoritarianism,” it said.



“Under Modi, India appears to have abandoned its potential to serve as a global democratic leader, elevating narrow Hindu nationalist interests at the expense of its founding values of inclusion and equal rights for all,” the report said.

Freedom House’s report also said that attacks on press freedom had “escalated dramatically” under the Modi government and that authorities had used “security, defamation, sedition, and hate speech laws, as well as contempt-of-court charges, to quiet critical voices in the media”.

“Separately, revelations of close relationships between politicians, business executives, and lobbyists, on one hand, and leading media personalities and owners of media outlets, on the other, have dented public confidence in the press,” the report said in an apparent reference to the revelations from Republic TV anchor Arnab Goswami’s alleged chats with the former chief executive of BARC Partho Dasgupta.

Regarding the US, which dropped three points over one year to 83/100, Freedom House said that the Trump presidency featured “ unprecedented attacks” on American democracy. “Only a serious and sustained reform effort can repair the damage done during the Trump era to the perception and reality of basic rights and freedoms in the United States,” it said.


The report also said that the “malign influence” of the Chinese regime in China was especially profound in 2020. “Its efforts also featured increased meddling in the domestic political discourse of foreign democracies, transnational extensions of rights abuses common in mainland China, and the demolition of Hong Kong’s liberties and legal autonomy,” it said.

In his first major policy speech about US’s new prioritie, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken referenced the report. “…We will renew democracy, because it is under threat. A new report of the independent watchdog group, Freedom House, is sobering. Authoritarianism and nationalism are on the rise around the world and governments are becoming less transparent and have lost the trust of the people,” he said on Wednesday.



The US democracy watchdog group, which was established in 1941 to mobilise support for American action against Germany in World War II, further noted that in countries like Algeria, Guinea, and India, “regimes that protests had taken by surprise in 2019 regained their footing, arresting and prosecuting demonstrators, passing newly restrictive laws, and in some cases resorting to brutal crackdowns, for which they faced few international repercussions”.

“With India’s decline to Partly Free,” the report said, “less than 20 percent of the world’s population now lives in a Free country, the smallest proportion since 1995.”

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As we all know, India shows evidence of being on a path towards fascism. However, the designation of India as 'partially free' is politically and racially motivated using a false index that puts itself at the top.
 

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so indians were considered "free" earlier by US think Tank? and still only partly free where it is so common to block even whole internet for several days if someone talks about hindutva and banning apps day and night is how indian hindu politians spend there time :cheesy:

says alot about the credibility of this so called "think tank":lol:
 

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so indians were considered "free" earlier by US think Tank? and still only partly free where it is so common to block even whole internet for several days if someone talks about hindutva and banning apps day and night is how indian hindu politians spend there time :cheesy:

says alot about the credibility of this so called "think tank":lol:
by even saying that a country where you can be lynched for your birth caste is more free than a country where anyone can do anything regardless of birth, including rise from pig farmer to president - is a total joke. it is totally politically motivated.
 

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Freedom house score for Pakistan 2021 is 37

For India the score is 67

As you can see even Freedom house considers India to be nearly twice as free as Pakistan

Look it up yourself on Freedom House
 

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I hope Pakistan achieved higher score since they are happiest people of earth.
I also hope China achieved higher score since they have the best form of governance on earth.
 

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https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021...ree-to-partly-free-in-2020-freedom-houseIndia went from ‘free’ to ‘partly free’ in 2020: Freedom House
US-based research institute voices fear the world’s largest democracy is descending into authoritarianism under Modi.

Police detain a woman during a protest outside the police headquarters in New Delhi on January 30, 2020 to demand action against a suspected Hindu nationalist who opened fire on demonstrators during a protest against a controversial citizenship law, outside Jamia Millia Islamia university [File: Prakash Singh/AFP]

Police detain a woman during a protest outside the police headquarters in New Delhi on January 30, 2020 to demand action against a suspected Hindu nationalist who opened fire on demonstrators during a protest against a controversial citizenship law, outside Jamia Millia Islamia university [File: Prakash Singh/AFP]
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Freedom House has downgraded India from free to partly free, voicing fear that the world’s largest democracy was descending into authoritarianism under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The democracy research institute, which is independent but receives funding from the United States, pointed to mob violence against Muslims, intimidation of journalists and rising judicial interference since Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won power in 2014.
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“Rather than serving as a champion of democratic practice and a counterweight to authoritarian influence from countries such as China, Modi and his party are tragically driving India itself toward authoritarianism,” Freedom House said in its annual report on Wednesday.
“Under Modi, India appears to have abandoned its potential to serve as a global democratic leader, elevating narrow Hindu nationalist interests at the expense of its founding values of inclusion and equal rights for all.”


Freedom House also pointed to the “ham-fisted” COVID-19 lockdown ordered by Modi in which enormous numbers of workers who lacked resources were obliged to walk across the country to their villages.
“The ruling Hindu nationalist movement also encouraged the scapegoating of Muslims, who were disproportionately blamed for the spread of the virus and faced attacks by vigilante mobs,” it said.


With the decline of the billion-plus nation in Freedom House’s rankings, it said that less than 20 percent of the world’s population lives in free countries, the lowest since 1995.
Freedom House also voiced alarm at deteriorations in Hong Kong, where Beijing imposed a draconian new security law; Belarus, where strongman Alexander Lukashenko has held onto power despite protests following elections widely seen as unfair; and Ethiopia, where Nobel Peace Prize-winning Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed launched a military campaign in which rights groups have reported major abuses.
The United States remained classified as free following Donald Trump’s turbulent presidency but Freedom House warned of the “parlous state of US democracy”.
It pointed to Trump’s false allegations of election fraud and the January 6 storming of the Capitol “incited by the president himself”.
Freedom House also highlighted the Trump administration’s dismissal of inspector-generals tasked with looking out for government misconduct as well as “disproportionate violence by police” against anti-racism protesters last year.

“The United States will need to work vigorously to strengthen its institutional safeguards, restore its civic norms and uphold the promise of its core principles for all segments of society if it is to protect its venerable democracy and regain global credibility,” it said.
 

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Freedom house score for Pakistan 2021 is 37

Freedom house score for India the is 67

As you can see even Freedom house considers India to be nearly twice as free as Pakistan

Look it up yourself on Freedom House
 

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