Is the DIE stronger in India than other nations, if so why is it or IOW why it is less in other nations and what lessons can we learn. Democracy and freedom of speech should cut both ways rather than increasing DIE only.
Quite important questions. Let's explore the second part first. Freedom is not defined objectively. It is not uniformly applied. Freedom is understood, propagated and allowed based on preconceived premise. The precious thing "freedom" in true sense should be such that, its application should be near universal, requiring very special circumstances to curtail it. That special circumstance should be rare and not common practice.
In India, there are specially trained people (socially engineered) who have slanted that very definition based on who exercises that. The fake liberals have bent, twisted, mangled the application of 'freedom' that it resembles very little of what it is supposed to mean. Suppression and intimidation to freedom of speech is liberally applied in the interests of upholding harmony. So a filtered version acceptable to DIEs will be promoted and accepted.
Now, regarding other nations, most nations rig that definition to coincide without eroding majoritarian views. In India, it is exactly opposite, anything that curbs majoritarian view including that is neutral is promulgated as correct definition of freedom. This is an artificial condition.
If a neutral view that coincides with the minority, is proposed by majority it immediately is branded as unacceptable to principles of freedom. In J&K thread, a member has provided classic example of how a neutral activity of hoisting Indian flag, becomes unacceptable because it is proposed by majority, while the same thing would become acceptable if it were to be done by CPI/M! So who exercises freedom defines its validity for a neutral simple act. Imagine how it plays out in contentious cases. How often a nation makes exceptions and treats cases as special is a pointer to how well freedom is allowed.
Freedom to shout fire in crowded mandirs are allowed, but even talk of educating about fire escape drills in madrassas is disallowed. MFhussain is allowed free operation, while Taslima Nasreen is hounded out.
While in other nations, minorities had to fight and oppose the majorities to eek out a space, in India that was never the case. But lacking aptitude to think about such things, the DIEs have taken it to mean opposing majorities as virtue and expansion of freedom. Freedom has been redefined to abuse majoritarians, period. This is convenient arrangement for non-Indians and Indians who are inspired, enamoured by views derived away from the land. In such an environment freedom of speech, has had little effect to accurate portrayal of non-DIE views. Printing technology brought in a revolution. Technology enablement to disseminate non-DIE views, is quickly going to disabuse the DIEs and expose their shallowness. Freedom is seeping India by bits and pieces. DIE will rejoice till sunshines. The anomaly of why DIEs overarch is easy to see. Tail can never wag the dog.