GUWAHATI: India has slipped 10 spots and landed at 51st position in the latest EIU Democracy Index report which provides a snapshot of the state of world democracy for 165 independent states and two territories.
On a scale of 0-10, India’s score fell from 7.23 in 2018 to 6.90 in 2019. Norway topped the list and North Korea ranked at the bottom of the list. Overall, the year has been bleak for global democracy. The average global score has fallen from 5.48 in 2018, to 5.44.
“This is the worst average global score since The Economist Intelligence Unit first produced the Democracy Index in 2006. Driven by sharp regressions in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa, four out of the five categories that make up the global average score have deteriorated. Although there were some dramatic downturns in the scores of certain countries, others have bucked the overall trend and registered impressive improvements,” stated their website.
The Democracy Index is based on “five categories: electoral process and pluralism; civil liberties; the functioning of government; political participation; and political culture.”