India has dropped ten places to secure its position as the 51st rank holder in the global ranking of Democracy Index.
According to the Economic Intelligence Unit, the main cause of India's fall is "erosion of civil liberties" in the country. It also reported that India was included in the "flawed democracy" category.
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The Democracy Index is based on five broad parameters, namely, electoral process and pluralism, functioning of government, political participation, political culture and civil liberties.
On the basis of the above, the countries are divided into four types of regime - full democracy, flawed democracy, hybrid democracy and the fifth one is the authoritarian regime. India falls in the "flawed democracy" type of regime and the fall in the score mainly accounted to a fall in the civil liberties.
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Norway topped the list, followed by Iceland and Sweden. The other rank holders in the Democracy Index after the three are New Zealand, Finland, Ireland, Denmark, Canada, Australia and Switzerland.
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