India improves rank in democracy index; US no longer a 'full' democracy

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Los Angeles : In some good news for India, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) in its white paper titled ‘Democracy Index 2016: Revenge Of The Deplorables’ has improved the country’s ranking.

According to report, India is a flawed democracy but has improved its ranking and has jumped from 35 to 32 spot in one year. In the index published by the magazine, India is ranked 32 out 165 nations. 

The index works on gauging the strength of a nation’s democracy on the basis of five parameters- electoral processes, functioning of government, political participation, political culture and civil liberties.

In fact, India has even scored better than USA in all parameters except one i.e. India’s political culture is worse than other authoritarian regimes.

The report also suggests that India has made a significant improvement under the Narendra Modi government. Changes have been majorly seen in functioning of the government and political participation in India, but this has been accompanied by a decline in civil liberties and political culture.  

Meanwhile, the US was just downgraded from a ‘Full’ to ‘Flawed Democracy’. The move puts the U.S. in the same category as Poland, Mongolia, and Italy.