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Is India witnessing erosion of civil liberties in the country? Critically analyse the secret transition from the tag of world’s largest democracy to a flawed democracy’ in the backdrop of recently  released Democracy Index.

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

3. Is India witnessing erosion of civil liberties in the country? Critically analyse the secret transition from the tag of world’s largest democracy to a flawed democracy’ in the backdrop of recently  released Democracy Index.(250 words)

Reference:  The Hindu

Why this question:

Economist Intelligence Unit released Democracy Index, India’s rankings slipped by 10 ranks to 51st place in the latest Democracy Index 2019. Thus the question.

Key demand of the question:

Discuss in detail the causes of such slippage in the ranking and explain why India is witnessing erosion of civil liberties.

Directive:

Critically analyze – When asked to analyse, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgment.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Highlight the findings brought out by the report that ranked India at 51st place.

Body:

  • Give a brief introduction about the recent India’s ranking in the Democracy Index.
  • Write about the probable reasons for the dire situation; talks about the repeal of both Article 370 and Article 35A, NRC exercise in Assam, the CAA bill etc.
  • Mention the needed measures to be followed in this regard.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward.