New Delhi, June 26: Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday said that the story of Emergency will be included in the curriculum. Addressing the media, Javadekar said, “We will include the whole story of Emergency in the curriculum. Children should know the reality of that time. That is why the Emergency period is considered to be the second freedom struggle.” Also Read - Govt Approves Merging of Lakshmi Vilas Bank With DBS Bank India, Revokes Cap on Withdrawal Limit
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also slammed opposition Congress party for the 1975 Emergency and described it as a blot in the Indian constitution. He said party misused the Constitution for the benefits of one family. Also Read - Prakash Javadekar Condemns Arnab Goswami's Arrest, Says 'This Incident Reminds of The Emergency Days'
“Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) isn’t observing “Black Day” just to criticise the Congress but to make people aware of what had happened. The country never thought that just for lust for power and servility to one family, India would be made into one big jail. Every person lived in fear. Constitution was misused,” he said.
BJP is observing this day as ‘black day’ and considered it as dark period.
The Emergency was imposed by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on June 25, 1975, and citizens’ fundamental rights were suspended. It was lifted with the 1977 general election. The Emergency was officially issued by then President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed under Article 352 of the Constitution.
Several citizens, journalists and politicians including Opposition leaders like Vijayaraje Scindia, Jaiprakash Narayan, Morarji Desai, Chaudhary Charan Singh, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Lal Krishna Advani were arrested without any trial.
Fresh elections were called after the Emergency ended. Congress lost by a large margin, resulting in the Janata Party’s Morarji Desai becoming the first non-Congress Prime Minister of India.