India, March 6 -- India on Friday rejected a report by the US government-funded NGO Freedom House that downgraded the country's status as a democracy and free society to "partly free", describing it as "misleading, incorrect and misplaced".

A detailed statement from the government rebutted points raised in the report titled "Freedom in the World 2021 - Democracy under Siege", and pointed out that "many states" in the country were ruled by parties other than the one at the national level, and that the election process is free and fair and conducted by an independent election body.

"This reflects the working of a vibrant democracy, which gives space to those who hold varying views," the statement said.

The external affairs ministry, whic...