Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

Democratic Ambivalence - Varshney in the Indian Express

July 29, 2019

In his July 29, 2019 Indian Express article, Ashutosh Varshney taps into democratic theory to formulate judgment on where India's democracy stands today.  Theory draws a distinction between the electoral and non-electoral dimensions of democracy.  The latter especially emphasizes three basic liberties: freedoms of expression, association and religious practice.  Using democratic theory, Varshney argues that India's performance as an electoral democracy continues to be impressive, but its performance on civil liberties is in serious decline. Read the full article