The health of democratic society can be gauged by the feeling of security experienced by the minorities. Similarly, freedom of expression is a measure of democracy in society. We see that India has been slipping on both counts. There have been observations that religious minorities are being relegated to second-class citizenship. Muslims and Christians have been feeling more insecure in the past few years. It’s not that things were perfect for them earlier. “Security of religious minorities” and “freedom of expression” have been constantly undermined for decades, and this situation has reached its nadir since the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh-powered, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance came to power. As such, security of minorities and freedom of expression run parallel to each other.
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