Global Democracy Index-2017

Democracy Index 2017

Question- What place has India got in the ‘Global Democracy Index 2017’ issued by the Economist Intelligence Unit of the UK’s Media Institute ‘The Economist’ Group?
(a) 32nd
(b) 42nd
(c) 30th
(d) 53rd
Answer: (b)
Related Facts:

  • On January 31st, 2018, the ‘Global Democracy Index’ was released by the Economist Intelligence Unit of the UK’s Media Institute ‘The Economist Group’.
  • This index, has been prepared on with groups of 60 signals in 165 independent countries and 2 regions (Territories), is based on the five scales – ‘Election Process and Pluralism’, ‘Freedom of citizens’, ‘System of Government’, ‘Political Participation’ and ‘Political Culture’.
  • Norway topped the index.
  • Iceland and Sweden remained second and third respectively.
  • After this, New Zealand, Denmark, Ireland, Canada, Australia, Finland and Switzerland are among the top ten countries in the index.
  • In the Global Democracy Index, India is ranked 42nd with 7.23 score.
  • While last year, India was ranked 32nd with a score of 7.81 in this index.
  • In the report, India has been included in the category of countries with defective democracies.
  • In this year’s report, the freedom of the media has also been studied in different countries.
  • According to the report the media in India is partly free.
  • Accordingly, India has become, especially Chhattisgarh and Jammu and Kashmir, dangerous for the journalists.
  • The administration has reduced the freedom of the media.
  • Many newspapers have been closed and mobile internet services have been banned at a great deal.
  • Many journalists have also been murdered in the year 2017.
  • America, Japan, Italy, France, Israel Singapore and Hong Kong are also listed on the list of defective democracies.
  • In the category of complete democracy, only 19 countries have been ranked.
  • Pakistan 110th, Bangladesh 92th, Nepal 94th and Bhutan remained at the 99th place with the mixed arrangements.
  • Countries like China, Myanmar, Russia and Vietnam are in the category of dictatorship system.
  • North Korea is at the bottom 167th place and Syria is ranked 166th.
  • The global index of democracy has dropped from 5.52 points in the year 2016 to 5.48 in 2017.


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