The Orbanisation of India? Before that, there was the Modi-fication of Hungary

The Orbanisation of India. Before that, there was the Modi-fication of Hungary. Now that Narendra Modi has decisively won re-election he is master of the narrative, the history books, of legislation and much, much more.

How much more can be best explained by considering the following:

  • The Election Commission of India’s unwillingness or inability to do anything about alleged campaign code violations by Mr Modi’s BJP during the election period. Also, the chief election commissioner decided not to publicise a dissenting opinion from the three-man panel responsible for campaign code issues.
  • Elections in Hungary are free but not fair with Prime Minister Viktor Orban having rewritten the constitution, dismantled checks and balances (“a US invention” unsuited to Europe, he says), muzzled the press, clamped down on civil society, manipulated elections and spread fear about security threats posed by Muslims and refugees.

Hungary, a young democracy, much younger than India, has become less democratic by most indices. It is a frightening thought.

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