Per Wikipedia: "Cornerstones of democracy include freedom of assembly, association and speech, inclusiveness and equality, citizenship, consent of the governed, voting rights, freedom from unwarranted governmental deprivation of the right to life and liberty, and minority rights." India definitely doesn't have all of those. I'm not criticizing the clue itself, but just bringing up an important rhetorical question about the state of Indian politics today.
I'd say India is just as much a democracy as most places in the western world, for now at least.
For sure, India is still better than many countries. Even so, I don't think it meets the standards of Western democracies and backsliding has occurred at an alarming rate in recent years.
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