Rahul Gandhi is fighting in court for his right to criticise India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. But is the country’s democracy at risk?

The first hearing for Rahul Gandhi’s appeal against his conviction in a defamation case takes place in an Indian court today.

The case came into being due to comments made by the opposition leader during a speech in 2019 where he criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Gandhi was expelled from parliament shortly after his conviction last month. His supporters view the verdict as evidence of the gradual erosion of democracy under Modi’s premiership.

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