Thursday, February 26, 2004

Long standing...

The State Department calls India's democracy "long-standing, but flawed."

'Long-standing, but flawed' is how it has described India's democracy, which it said has been dogged by allegations of corruption influencing court decisions, violence in some elections and restrictions on religious and academic freedom.

The state department, in its annual report released on Wednesday, said tension between Hindus on the one hand and Muslims and Christians on the other remained a challenge to India's secular formation.

The leading party in the government coalition, the report noted, is the BJP, 'a Hindu nationalist political party with links to Hindu extremist groups that were implicated in violent acts against Christians and Muslims'.


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