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India's democracy: Slip-slidin' away

India is indicted as a "backslider" since the quality of democracy has noticeably declined over the past ten years and especially sharply declined since 2014

Devangshu Datta  |  New Delhi 

Devangshu Datta

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First Published: Sat, August 04 2018. 00:43 IST
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