The EIU Democracy index report says India has also become a more dangerous place for journalists, especially in ‘Jammu and Kashmir’ and ‘Chhattisgarh’
London: The Econimist Intelligence Unit has just released its Democracy Index 2017 in which India fell ten places in the rankings, from 32nd to 42nd to place, after its score deteriorated by 0.58 points. India suffered significant declines in their scores and fell down the rankings in the latest assessment of the Econimist Intelligence Unit.
According to the EIU Democracy Index, the rise of conservative religious ideologies also affected India. 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.
The report says, India has also become a more dangerous place for journalists, especially the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir and the central state of Chhattisgarh. The authorities there have restricted freedom of the press, closed down several newspapers and heavily controlled mobile internet services. Several journalists were murdered in India in 2017, as in the previous year.