A majority are in favor of a uniform civil code, a two-child policy, amending farm laws and regulating social media, but there are many who are scared to protest and opinion over whether democracy is in danger or not remains divided
Farmers stage a protest against the new farm laws in New Delhi (July 22, 2021); Photo by Money Sharma/ Getty Images
Concerns among Indian citizens about their rights, privacy and personal privileges run deeper now than earlier. Apprehensions about democracy in India are growing. The latest Mood of the Nation (MOTN) survey shows that 45 per cent of respondents believe democracy is in danger—a 3 percentage point rise since the MOTN poll in January 2021. A little over half of those surveyed (51 per cent) feel people are scared to protest or offer views publicly, which reflects a disturbing trend.
Forty-one per cent of respondents want the Union government to restore Jammu and Kashmir’s statehood. Fifty-seven per cent want the Centre to amend the newly-introduced farm laws.
The section of respondents who believe that communal harmony has deteriorated under the NDA rule has gone up by 12 percentage points—from 22 per cent in January to 34 per cent now—with 48 per cent respondents in the south and 45 per cent non-Hindus believing it has taken a turn for the worse. As far as women’s safety is concerned, only 38 per cent feel the country has become safer for women; 52 per cent of respondents in the south especially feel that women are at greater risk than before.
A majority of respondents supported two controversial reforms, with 65 per cent respondents favouring a uniform civil code and 61 per cent, the two-child norm.
With India’s multi-cultural society in churn, the gross absence of measures for greater inclusivity has only engendered deeper distrust towards the NDA rule. It is a mixed bag for the NDA government in terms of its social policies with opinion mostly evenly divided.
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