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In a scathing editorial, the Financial Times has raised concerns about the state of democracy in India, highlighting a widening gap between pro-democratic rhetoric and ground realities. The British daily’s editorial board noted that despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s characterization of India as the “Mother of Democracy,” recent events suggest a troubling erosion of democratic principles.

Growing Concerns:
The editorial underscores a trend of escalating suppression of free expression and opposition voices under the rule of Prime Minister Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), particularly since its resounding victory in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Citing recent incidents such as the arrest of opposition leaders, including Arvind Kejriwal, by the Enforcement Directorate and allegations of bank account freezing by the Congress party, the Financial Times highlights a pattern of government critics facing harassment through tax or legal authorities.

Opposition Allegations:
Opposition parties have accused the Modi-led government of misusing investigation agencies to target political rivals, labeling the BJP as a “washing machine” where opposition politicians accused of corruption find refuge after joining the ruling party. The Financial Times references an Indian Express report revealing that a significant number of opposition leaders accused of corruption since 2014 have evaded investigation after aligning with the BJP.

Loktantra Bachao Rally and Allegations of Match-Fixing:
The editorial also delves into the recent “Loktantra Bachao” Maharally held in Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan, where key opposition leaders united to protest against perceived misuse of central agencies by the Modi government. Opposition leader Rahul Gandhi accused Modi of “match-fixing” in the run-up to the elections, alleging the BJP’s use of state agencies to suppress opponents.

International Concerns:
Expressing puzzlement over the ruling party’s perceived need to stifle opposition voices amid favorable opinion polls, the Financial Times emphasizes the importance of upholding democratic principles for India’s global reputation as a vibrant democracy. The editorial alludes to concerns raised by the United States following New Delhi’s summoning of the top US diplomat over Washington’s criticism of Arvind Kejriwal’s arrest, calling for robust defense of political freedoms by democratic nations.

Call for Preservation of Political Freedoms:
The Financial Times concludes by urging India to bridge the gap between democratic rhetoric and reality, emphasizing that preserving political freedoms is crucial for the country’s growth, prosperity, and global standing. It calls on democratic nations to stand firm in safeguarding democratic values, essential for India’s role as a leading member of the global community.

The editorial’s critique adds to the ongoing discourse surrounding India’s democratic health and underscores the need for a robust defense of democratic principles in the face of growing concerns about political freedoms and government accountability.

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