New Delhi, Oct 17: While the opposition has been alleging that democracy is under threat since Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power at the Centre in 2014, a survey found that a majority of Indians are satisfied with the way democracy is working in the country. 79 per cent Indians are happy with the current political system, a latest Pew survey said. Besides India, majorities in Tanzania, Ghana, Senegal and Kenya say their democracy is working well.
Another interesting point found in the Pew survey was that Indians trust their national government as they believe that the economy is growing under the current political leadership. “In India, where the economy has grown on average by 6.9 per cent since 2012, 85 per cent trust their national government,” the survey found. “Within each country, people who say the economy is doing well are more likely to trust the national government than those who say the economy is bad,” it mentioned further.
Recently, the BJP government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, came under severe criticism by opposition parties for the economic slowdown. In addition to this, senior BJP leader and former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha wrote a scathing piece accusing PM Modi and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley of making ‘mess’ of the economy with demonetisation and ill-timed implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST). However, the Pew survey indicates that Indians have faith in the government even on the economic front.
According to the Pew survey, people in the Asia-Pacific region are the happiest with their democracies. At least half in five of the six Asian nations where this question was asked express satisfaction. Only in South Korea is a majority unhappy (69 per cent). “People in sub-Saharan Africa also tend to be more satisfied than others around the world with the performance of their political system,” the survey says.
Elsewhere, satisfaction with democracy is considerably lower. In North America, 70 per cent of Canadians say they think their political system is working well, but Americans are divided. Just under half in the United States (46 per cent) are happy with their democracy and 51 per cent are unhappy.