At a time when the world is a rocky place and global society may be drifting into stormy waters, it seems odd to talk about good tidings. Yet, while worries mount over the future of democracy and the spread of discord worldwide, there’s reason to feel cautiously pleased if we take a closer look at what’s been happening in the past three quarters of a century.
Yes, democratic stability in many nations is under threat. Intolerance is not only rising, it appears to be increasingly acceptable in mainstream socio-political discourse. In the world’s two most populous democracies, the US and India, the possibility of liberal democracy being supplanted by pseudo-democracy in the foreseeable future can’t be ruled out.
The above excerpt was originally published in The Times of India.
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