India's authoritarian shift and the West's silence

“Nationalism in India became the epitaph of the country's experiment with multi-ethnic secular democracy,” estimated Guard in an April 24 editorial. India risks copying China's example, British daily worries, as it assesses the country could also experience a “economic revival under the narrow political domination of a dominant authoritarian party.”

“Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Narendra Modi [le Premier ministre] has weakened the institutions that are supposed to guarantee a transparent and accountable state. Information is censored, civil society is harassed, and demonstrations are suppressed.”

He is “absurd” that Rahul Gandhi, the main opposition figure in the country, “currently disqualified from Parliament”, continues Guard. The Congress executive was actually sentenced to two years in prison for defamation of the Prime Minister, which resulted in his expulsion from the assembly.

“Mr Modi's party has bent state institutions in the service of its ideology. This has de facto turned minority groups into second-class citizens.” Repression of the civil liberties of the world's largest minority, some 200 million Indian Muslims

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