Modi remembers those who resisted the ‘Emergency’ – Does India again has to fear for its democracy?

The Emergency is one of the most controversial times of Indian history since independence and was criticized by opponents and the Indian population. Various human rights violation were reported, such as a mass forced sterilization campaign.

By Rajat Tandon

New Delhi: Today marks the anniversary of ‘The Emergency’ declared by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on 25 June 1975 and lasted until its withdrawal on 21 March 1977. The reason behind the proclamation of the national Emergency were ‘internal disturbances’. The state of Emergency gave the Prime Minister authority to rule by degree, to cancel elections and to suspend civil liberties. In those days, the press was highly censored, and political opponents put behind bars.

The Emergency is one of the most controversial times of Indian history since independence and was criticized by opponents and the Indian population. Various human rights violation were reported, such as a mass forced sterilization campaign.

The state of Emergency was criticized and opposed by many Indian politicians, civil right groups, activists and ordinary citizens.

Today Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a series of tweets, remembered all those people who with courage resisted the Emergency, fought for democracy and protected the Constitution of India.

Narendra Modi wrote, “The #DarkDaysOfEmergency can never be forgotten. The period from 1975 to 1977 witnessed a systematic destruction of institutions…….. Let us pledge to do everything possible to strengthen India’s democratic spirit, and live up to the values enshrined in our Constitution…….. This is how Congress trampled over our democratic ethos. We remember all those greats who resisted the Emergency and protected Indian democracy. #DarkDaysOfEmergency.”

The Prime Minister in his tweet uses the anniversary of the Emergency to attack the Congress party, saying “Congress trampled over our democratic ethos”. In today’s time it is the Congress party, along with other opposition parties, activists, human rights defenders, civil servants, students and other Government critics, accusing the ruling BJP Government to disrespect India’s constitution, and they fear that democracy will be destroyed.

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