Misleading: Centre On Freedom House Report That Downgraded India To Partly Free

Misleading: Centre On Freedom House Report That Downgraded India To Partly Free

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The Government of India treats all its citizens with equality, the centre said. (Representational)

The Freedom House report claiming India's status as a free country has declined to "partly free" is "misleading, incorrect and misplaced", the government said today in a sharp rebuttal to the assessment of the US-based think tank.

That the ranking was faulty was evident from the fact that "many states in India are ruled by parties other than the one at the national level, through an election process which is free and fair and which is conducted by an independent election body", said the government in a point-by-point rejoinder.

"This reflects the working of a vibrant democracy, which gives space to those who hold varying views," the statement said.

In its annual report, the democracy research institute said the world's largest democracy was descending into authoritarianism and referred to what it called the "mob violence against Muslims" in the Delhi riots, the use of sedition laws against critics and the migrants' crisis after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced what it described as a "ham-fisted" lockdown to control the coronavirus pandemic.

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