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28 Jun, 2015

India in danger of a return to authoritarianism – Indian Express

Can a 1975 Emergency-like situation recur again, is a question that is wrongly posed. What needs to be considered is whether authoritarianism can once again emerge to threaten the democratic system. All the basic causes for the Emergency four decades ago — a crisis of the political system, problems of stability and economic discontent — are present today and can enable the rise of authoritarianism once more. The consequences of neoliberalism, the rise of Hindutva communal forces, the degeneration of political parties and the corrosion of the institutions of the state have combined to presage a creeping authoritarianism.

Read the rest: 2015, like 1975 | The Indian Express | Page 99