How long will Biden pretend Modi’s India is a democratic ally?

NEW DELHI: Washington will find it increasingly difficult to view New Delhi as its ideological partner under Joe Biden’s leadership due to the fast-declining democratic standards in India, writes Debasish Roy Chowdhury in an article on Time.

The article notes that daily assaults on civil liberties and the threats to India’s Muslim minority have increased under the Narendra Modi government since the BJP’s re-election in 2019.

“Hate speech is rife, peaceful dissent is criminalized, freedom of expression and association faces new constraints, and the jails are filling up with political prisoners and peaceful dissenters as a servile judiciary looks away,” the article says.

The article slammed the arrest of 21-year-old climate activist Disha Ravi in connection with the “toolkit” about the farmers protest, saying that warrants are out against more activists for the same “conspiracy”.

Criticising the government’s handling of the farmers agitation, the article says that the strongman style of Modi, who likes to boast of his broad “56-inch chest,” has started attracting greater international attention.

It says that Biden takes presidency at a time when the attacks on civil liberties in India have increased manifold, and the President cannot afford to stay silent.

Read the full piece here



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