mumbai sources stated that the shiv sena on friday said there have been attempts to muzzle dissenting voices and this is one of the reasons for india slipping in the 2019 Democracy Index's global ranking. An editorial in Sena mouthpiece "Saamana" said a slowdown in economy gives rise to unrest and instability, and this was getting reflected in the prevailing situation in the country.
Furthermore Marathi daily said "India slipped 10 places to 51st position in the 2019 Democracy Index's global ranking, according to The Economist Intelligence Unit, which cited "erosion of civil liberties" in the country as the primary cause for the downtrend. The EIU report was released earlier this week". Furthermore citing issues like scrapping of article 370, that provided special status to kashmir - SRINAGAR/JAMMU' target='_blank' title='jammu and kashmir-Latest Updates, Photos, Videos are a click away, CLICK NOW'>jammu and kashmir, new citizenship law caa and the proposed NRC, measures which have witnessed protests, the paper said the country had witnessed a churning in the last one year.
Apparently "There have been protests and attempts to muzzle dissenting voices. Those who showed sympathy with JNU students (attacked by goons) were put in the dock and were made to look like an accused. The Sena publication said if the government thinks the country was doing well (on economic front), "why is it asking the bank OF INDIA' target='_blank' title='rbi-Latest Updates, Photos, Videos are a click away, CLICK NOW'>rbi for money"? apparently referring to the Centre's decision last year to seek Rs 1.76 lakh crore from reserves of the apex bank.