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The meaning of 'partly free', and the direction in which India is headed

How far the govt will go towards establishing its control depends on the effectiveness of domestic institutional resistance and on how much it wants to risk international censure, writes T N Ninan

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T N Ninan 



T N Ninan

Control-oriented regimes tend to adhere to strikingly similar playbooks. Xi Jinping, for instance, has said that “East, west, south, north and the centre, the party rules over all”. That echoes Mussolini’s sharper formulation: “Everything in the State, nothing outside the State, nothing against the State.” India is not where those regimes are or were, being “partly free” as a US-based NGO (non-government organisation) describes it. But the government’s desire for steadily greater control of so far autonomous centres of influence and activity makes clear the direction in which the country is headed.

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First Published: Fri, March 05 2021. 20:51 IST

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