The pandemic has changed the world: both for better and worse. However, in case of democratic values the world has witnessed decline during the last year. Authoritarian regimes have used this pandemic as a tool to curb basic human freedoms and to increase their foothold in their countries. It has particularly affected the democratic nature of governance. A recent report, Freedom in the World 2021 by a US-based think tank highlights that the democratic decline has now assumed global nature in the aftermath of the pandemic. It states that 75 percent population of the world now lives under circumstances facing deteriorating democratic conditions. India’s ranking has declined in the report as compared to last year. It has fallen from “Free” to “Partly Free” in the recent Freedom in the World report. It came out as a big surprise for many who considered India as one of the most populous and flourishing democracies across the globe.