Abstract

Seven decades after gaining its independence from the British Empire, India retains all the hallmarks of a functioning democracy: It holds reasonably free and fair elections, has a mostly independent judiciary plus a largely free press, and enjoys a robust and growing civil society. Yet thanks to India’s colonial inheritance as well as weaknesses in some of its key institutions, the country has rarely hesitated to resort to legal crackdowns on personal rights and civil liberties when disturbances break out. Even as India rightly celebrates a nearly unbroken record of democratic rule spanning seven decades, its citizens and political leaders need to take stock of their country’s failure to safeguard certain vital features of the liberal-democratic order.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3214
Print ISSN
1045-5736
Pages
pp. 117-126
Launched on MUSE
2017-07-06
Open Access
No
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