India: Democracy threatened by growing attacks on civil society

The report discusses the role of civil society in India and how it has evolved since the country’s struggle for independence. Though the country boasts an active and vibrant civil society that has been instrumental in protecting human rights, holding the government accountable, and advocating for policies, the ability of CSOs to engage in democratic dissent has shrunk drastically since Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi took office in May 2014. The report details how CSOs and activists increasingly find themselves targeted by government authorities indirectly through restrictive legislation and funding regulations.