India fell four points in the new freedom report released by the US-based think tank Freedom House. The watchdog has demoted India from Indians His Hindu nationalist government has presided over increased pressure on human rights organizations, rising intimidation of academics and journalists, and a spate of bigoted attacks It said that Indias decline further deepened following Modi India Earlier, India Freedom House termed Indias downgrading a significant development that reduced the worlds population living in a free country to the lowest since 1995. In one of the year On the top of the list- the most free countries in the world are Finland, Norway and Sweden. At the bottom of the list are Tibet and Syria. The report claimed that the Modi government is tragically driving India toward authoritarianism. The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and its state-level allies continued to crack down on critics during the year, and their response to COVID-19 included a ham-fisted lockdown that resulted in the dangerous and unplanned displacement of millions of internal migrant workers. The ruling Hindu nationalist movement also encouraged the scapegoating of Muslims, who were disproportionately blamed for the spread of the virus and faced attacks by vigilante mobs. Rather than serving as a champion of democratic practice and a counterweight to authoritarian influence from countries such as China, Modi and his party are tragically driving India itself toward authoritarianism. The Freedom House assesses a nations score on 25 different indicators. The reports continued to list Kashmir separately based on its rule of assessing disputed territories separately if they meet certain criteria, including boundaries that are sufficiently stable to allow year-on-year comparisons. It retained The report said, In settings as varied as Algeria, Guinea, and India, regimes that protests had taken by surprise in 2019 regained their footing, arresting and prosecuting demonstrators, passing newly restrictive laws, and in some cases resorting to brutal crackdowns, for which they faced few international repercussions. The watchdog said that fall of India from the upper ranks of free nations could have a particularly damaging impact on global democratic standards. The report also cited Northeast Delhi violence, anti-CAA protests and Love-Jihad law in Uttar Pradesh. Last year, the government intensified its crackdown on protesters opposed to a discriminatory citizenship law and arrested dozens of journalists who aired criticism of the official pandemic response. Judicial independence has also come under strain; in one case, a judge was transferred immediately after reprimanding the police for taking no action during riots in New Delhi that left over 50 people, mostly Muslims, dead. In December, Uttar Pradesh, India The report said that India appears to have abandoned its potential to serve as a global democratic leader under the Modi government. It added that the country is elevating narrow Hindu nationalist interests at the expense of its founding values of inclusion and equal rights for all.