India slipped two places to 53rd in the 2020 Global Ranking of Democracy Index. The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) said, India has slipped two places compared to last year in retreating from democratic values and action on civil liberties. Although India is above the neighboring countries. India got 6.9 points last year, which has now come down to 6.61 points. In 2014, India was ranked 27th with 7.92 points.
Norway has topped the EIU’s latest index. It is followed by Iceland, Sweden, New Zealand and Canada. Out of 167 countries in this index, 23 were classified as full democracy, 52 as flawed democracy, 35 as mixed governance and 57 as authoritarian rule. India was classified as a flawed democracy along with the US, France, Belgium and Brazil.
Among India’s neighbors, Sri Lanka ranked 68th, Bangladesh 76th, Bhutan 84th and Pakistan 105th. Sri Lanka is categorized as flawed democracy, while Bangladesh, Bhutan and Pakistan are in the category of ‘mixed governance’. Afghanistan ranks 139th and is classified as an ‘authoritarian regime’.