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The trouble with our democracy

Washington post says "India was a miracle democracy. But it’s time to downgrade its credentials." This is a painful statement for a "true" Indian. Whilst we tend to immediately dismiss this as an American/Western bullying, unfortunately and painfully, there is a grain of truth in this statement. And the size of the grain is only growing in this case.

The trouble with our democracy

Washington post says "India was a miracle democracy. But it’s time to downgrade its credentials." This is a painful statement for a "true" Indian. Whilst we tend to immediately dismiss this as an American/Western bullying, unfortunately and painfully, there is a grain of truth in this statement. And the size of the grain is only growing in this case.

The trouble with our democracy

Washington post says "India was a miracle democracy. But it’s time to downgrade its credentials." This is a painful statement for a "true" Indian. Whilst we tend to immediately dismiss this as an American/Western bullying, unfortunately and painfully, there is a grain of truth in this statement. And the size of the grain is only growing in this case.

The trouble with our democracy

Washington post says "India was a miracle democracy. But it’s time to downgrade its credentials." This is a painful statement for a "true" Indian. Whilst we tend to immediately dismiss this as an American/Western bullying, unfortunately and painfully, there is a grain of truth in this statement. And the size of the grain is only growing in this case.

Democracy in India isn't working. Here's why

If India can be considered to be a true democracy – it's debatable – then its government should represent its people.

Yet this rests on the assumption that in a democracy people vote on the basis of reason rather than emotion. This is incorrect.

It also assumes that a strong external structure exists to keep the current government in check and to ensure that long-term projects continue. Without such a framework there can be no real change, and no real progress.

Narendra Modi won a landslide victory for a second term, despite having failed to deliver on his promise to end corruption. Quite the opposite: in the current government more than half of the elected representatives have criminal cases pending against them. Corruption is thriving at the highest levels.

So why is Modi still so popular? Is this a problem with Indian democracy or with democracy itself?

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