New Delhi, June 26: Saluting the courage of men and women who resisted Emergency in 1975, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said India remembers this day as a dark period during which every institution was subverted and an atmosphere of fear was created. In a series of tweets, PM Modi said, “I salute the courage of all those great women and men who steadfastly resisted the Emergency, which was imposed 43 years ago. Their struggles ensured people power prevailed over authoritarianism and the stifling of civil liberties.” Also Read - From Lockdown to Vaccine Distribution, Third Wave of COVID to Pollution Crisis: What CMs Discussed During Meeting With PM Modi
“Let us always work to make our democratic ethos stronger. Writing, debating, deliberating, questioning are vital aspects of our democracy which we are proud of. No force can ever trample the basic tenets of our Constitution,” he said in another tweet. Also Read - Explained | Can India Afford Another Lockdown?
PM Modi is scheduled to address a BJP event in Mumbai today in which he is expected to express gratitude towards those who fought against the Emergency and dwell upon conserving the democratic values.
On Monday, he shared Arun Jaitley’s blog on his twitter handle and said, “Shri Arun Jaitley writes about the dark days of the Emergency, the trampling of personal liberties, excesses committed and how the Emergency was a direct attack on our Constitutional ideals.” Modi was referring to Jaitley’s Facebook post on Emergency.”
Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will observe ‘black day’ across the country today to mark the 43rd anniversary of Emergency. Senior party leaders will be holding press conferences at about 22 places.
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.