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Indian leaders fail to understand danger of new IT rules

Critics cite future threats to country's role as 'world's largest democracy'

A West Bengal campaign rally in April. Indian elections are generally seen as free and fair, but critics say civil rights are under threat.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- While the recent Group of Seven summit meeting invited India as a member of the club of democracies to counter autocratic forces led by China and Russia, the behavior of the current Indian government at home belies international confidence.

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