Could it be that a large number of people in the world’s largest democracy think its better to be under autocracy of some kind or do they even prefer military rule more than democracy. Now a recent Pew survey claims shocking beliefs amongst Indians in that majority of them support military rule or even autocracy. This despite the fact that nearly four-fifths of them also trust their own government.
“In India, where the economy has grown on average by 6.9 percent since 2012, 85 per cent (of people) trust their national government,” Pew Research said in a report based on its survey on governance and trust among key countries across the world. Notably, in India, which has strong democratic credentials since the last seven decades, according to Pew, a majority (55 percent) of its people support autocracy in one way or the other. In fact, more than one-fourth (27 percent) of them want a strong leader. Nearly half of Russians (48 percent) back governance by a strong leader, but rule by a strong leader is generally unpopular, it said. A global median of 26 percent say a system in which a strong leader can make decisions without interference from parliament or the courts would be a good way of governing.
Roughly seven-in-10 (71 percent) say it would be a bad type of governance. India is one of the three countries in the Asia Pacific region where people support technocracy. “Asian-Pacific publics generally back rule by experts, particularly people in Vietnam (67 percent), India (65 per cent) and the Philippines (62 percent),” it said.Only Australians are notably wary as 57 percent say it would be a bad way to govern, and only 41 per cent support governance by experts, the report said.