The World’s 5 Most Powerful Oligarchies

5. India

India, which holds the title of the “world’s largest democracy,” has recently come into question about whether or not the country truly is a democracy as it boasts to be.  Many believe due to India’s elections and the people’s right to vote, that they are indeed a democracy. However, according to International Business Times, an increase in awareness of the social issues such as great social inequality, high illiteracy rates and high poverty rates, it appears as if political leaders are not looking out for the people of India. Rather, many political leaders are tied up within corruption scandals that appear to be much larger than that of the political scandals that occur in the United States. Labeling India as an oligarchy has recently come up in the scandal where India’s income tax department tapped the phone calls of the popular lobbyist Niira Radia. According to NPR, the recorded telephone conversations revealed how the lobbyist was making deals with politicians, journalists and business tycoons. It provided the prime example of why India can and should be categorized as an oligarchy, due to a small circle of wealthy people being able to control the government.
5. India