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Kanika Datta  |  New Delhi 



democracy, Authoritarianism, military coup
Illustration: Binay Sinha

As the Delhi Police cyber cell prepares to arrest two more youngsters for allegedly colluding with foreign forces to “tarnish India’s image” Indian leaders would do well to heed US President Joe Biden’s warning that is fragile and must always be defended. Given that free speech is the cornerstone of healthy democracy, Biden’s warning assumes added importance. The evidence presented in the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump has highlighted how easily can be suborned to authoritarianism and demagoguery, says the second edit here. A further reminder of the fragility of democracy lies in military coup in Myanmar. But, as political scientist Min Zin has argued, democracy in that country could survive if the deposed government and its backers create a concrete plan to foil the military’s divide-and-conquer strategy. Read it here

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First Published: Tue, February 16 2021. 01:45 IST

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