Prime Minister Narendra Modi today called upon the youth of the nation to always remember the dreadful period of Emergency.
Addressing the nation in his Mann Ki Baat programme on All India Radio, Mr Modi said the generations to come should never forget the mass movement during the Emergency.
The Emergency was imposed in the month of June in 1975. Prime Minister Modi recalled that all rights were taken away from the citizens of the country. One of those rights was the Right to Life and Personal Liberty provided to all Indians under Article 21 of the Constitution. He elaborated that the country's courts, constitutional institutions, and the press, were put under control. The condition of censorship was such that nothing could be printed without approval. Mr Modi remembered when famous singer Kishore Kumar refused to applaud the government, and was banned. His entry on the radio was done away with.
The Prime Minister stated that even after many attempts, thousands of arrests, and atrocities on lakhs of people, the faith of the people of India in democracy did not shake. He said the democratic spirit which runs in the veins of people finally won. The people of India got rid of the emergency and re-established democracy in a democratic way. Mr Modi admitted that it is difficult to find such an example of defeating a dictatorial mindset, a dictatorial tendency in a democratic way, in the whole world. He added that during the Emergency, he had the good fortune to have been a witness and a partner in the struggle. Today, when the country is celebrating 75 years of its independence, Mr Modi exhorted Indians to never forget that dreadful period of emergency. (AIRNEWS)