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Emergency was a big blow to the Indian democracy for ensuring one family's rule
As soon as Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentioned the excesses unleashed by the then Prime Minister late Indira Gandhi during the imposition of Emergency in June 1975, as usual the spokesperson of the Congress party started criticizing the Prime Minister while comparing him with Aurangzeb.

PM Modi had made the observation while addressing BJP workers on 26 June 2018 in Mumbai to mark the 43rd anniversary of the imposition of Emergency in the country.

In fact the representatives of the Congress party seem so unapologetic that they even do not want anyone to mention the word 'Emergency'. The argument that the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had apologised for implementing the Emergency does not seem to be consolatory enough as you simply cannot undo the hardships people endured during the Emergency.

This has prompted me to briefly highlight the impact of the dictatorship that prevailed in the country for 19 months beginning 25 June 1975.

1. Through proclamation of the Emergency, Indira Gandhi invoked absolute authoritative functioning of the government on the notorious concept of one-man rule. The then Congress President Devakanta Barua had declared 'Indira is India, India is Indira'.

2. Imprisonment of all the prominent leaders of the opposition parties also reflected her will to rule the country as per her whims.

3. The nationalist cadre RSS was placed under ban.

4. She released a new model code of conduct for journalists suitable to her style of dictatorship. In this process, more than 250 journalists were sent to jail under Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA) and other draconian laws.

5. During the Emergency, she granted immunity to herself through the 39th Amendment of the Constitution of India enacted on 10 August 1975.

6. Likewise, through the 42nd Amendment, she stripped the Supreme Court of most of its powers. Also through 42nd Amendment she withdrew all the rights of citizens (Article 14) right to equality before Law, (Article 21) right to life and personal property.

8. The governments of opposition parties functioning in Tamil Nadu and Gujarat were dismissed.

9. All due elections were indefinitely postponed.

10. Most notorious forceful family planning drive was launched during the Emergency.

11. In order to beautify the national capital New Delhi, many slums were destroyed leaving thousands of poor families in a helpless state on the streets.

Apart from these major issues, a lot of atrocities were committed throughout the country on intellectuals and law abiding citizens just to make sure that in spite of the ruling of the Allahabad High Court Indira Gandhi continues to rule the nation as per her will.

Despite the whole world condemning the Emergency imposed by the leader of the Congress party, it appears that India's Grand Old Party is not ready to accept the fact that it was a blunder on the part of its erstwhile leader. As a layman and a citizen of this great country, I don't think that any concerned citizen can ever forget those dark days.

Since the masses have now matured and understand the difference between wrong and right, it's imperative that the imposition of Emergency be discussed again and again so that such mistakes are not repeated. The roots of Indian democracy are too strong and hideous acts like the Emergency cannot destabilise our loktantra.

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