What a Modi government might mean for freedom of speech
To a lover of democracy, the fervor surrounding the Indian election results is seductive. A record number of voters—the most in history, anywhere—have collectively pushed the frontier of Indian democracy forward but, quietly, another face of that same democracy has simultaneously regressed further into the shadows.
It is hard to imagine anything being chilly as temperatures continue to climb towards the beginning of monsoon, but the frigidity in India is in words, not places. Free speech, or more broadly, freedom of thought, is the foundation of modern India, a foundation that has been slowly crumbling for some time. This crumbling accelerated alarmingly during the elections. “Free” speech now needs to come with an asterisk in India that reads, “free, so long as you agree.” Based on precedent, such a resounding victory by Modi has the potential to dismantle this freedom completely, a worry many journalists have shared in hushed voices…
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