Opinion: A failure to imagine what a faulty democracy is like
Civil freedoms can be lost in ways that are too unspectacular to catch popular attention
On 16 May 2014, far exceeding all expectations, the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won the last general elections with one of the country’s most decisive mandates. If the BJP wins again this time, critics of the right-wing government, just like five years ago, will be asked to shut up—because, “Come on, how can anyone question a popular mandate?"
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