After India slips in Democracy Index, Shiv Sena slams Modi-led central government

The Economist Intelligence Unit cited “erosion of civil liberties” in India due to which the country’s overall score has fallen from 7.23 in 2018 to 6.90 in 2019.

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Shiv Sena on Friday lashed out at the Narendra Modi-led government in the centre as India slips 10 places to 51st position in the 2019 Democracy Index’s global ranking. 

The Economist Intelligence Unit cited “erosion of civil liberties” in India due to which the country’s overall score has fallen from 7.23 in 2018 to 6.90 in 2019.

In its editorial published in ‘Saamana’, Shiv Sena has said that there have been attempts to curb dissent in the country. The slowdown in the economy leads to unrest and instability which is being reflected in the current situation in the country, the editorial read.

Now there is a slide in the country’s global democracy index ranking,” said Shiv Sena.

The Marathi daily said that in last one year the instability in the country has grown while referring to issues including the removal of Article 370 (special status to Jammu and Kashmir), Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC).

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In its editorial, Shiv Sena has also mentioned the attack on the students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) saying that those who showed sympathy with them were made to look like an accused. 

There have been protests and attempts to curb dissenting voices. This is the reason India slipped to 51st position in Democracy Index,” the editorial read.

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Shiv Sena further said that the government may reject the report but how will the ruling party answer the country’s downfall – from economy to democracy.

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