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'Custodians can't stomach that we don't want their approval': Jaishankar on Democracy Index

  • Days after two reports questioned the status of freedom and democracy as existing in India today, External Affairs minister S.Jaishankar called out their hypocrisy and stated that these are 'self-appointed custodians who find it difficult to stomach that nobody in India is looking for their approval'.

  • He further pointed out the supply of Covid vaccines to more than 70 countries by India's nationalist government, he asked for the contribution of these international institutions in this regard.

  • Jaishankar's comments came as he addressed the India Today Conclave earlier this weekend. He referred to the reports by Freedom House and V-Dem Institute. The report by Freedom House classified India from 'free' to 'partially free'. While Sweden based V-Dem Institute stated that India was no longer an electoral democracy and had turned into an electoral autocracy.