New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Tuesday, paid homage to the revolutionaries and leaders who fought and resisted emergency imposed in 1975 by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, The Indian Express reported. This year marks the 44th anniversary of the emergency.
Prime Minister took to twitter to share his thoughts:
India salutes all those greats who fiercely and fearlessly resisted the Emergency.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 25, 2019
India’s democratic ethos successfully prevailed over an authoritarian mindset. pic.twitter.com/vUS6HYPbT5
BJP’s working president J P Nadda called the emergency period a “black blot” on democratic credentials of the nation.
वर्ष 1975 में, आज के दिन निहित राजनीतिक स्वार्थों की पूर्ति के लिए तत्कालीन सरकार द्वारा की गयी आपातकाल की घोषणा, भारत के महान लोकतंत्र पर काला धब्बा है।
मैं नमन करता हूँ, उन सत्याग्रहियों को जिन्होंने मज़बूती से इस अंधकाल में लोकतंत्र की आग को जलाये रखा था। pic.twitter.com/W9F8Q27ikE— Jagat Prakash Nadda (@JPNadda) June 25, 2019
While Defence Minister Rajnath Singh recalled the period as “darkest chapters in the history of the country”. He also urged people to understand the importance of upholding the integrity of our institution.
The declaration of Emergency on June 25, 1975 and the incidents that followed, mark as one of the darkest chapters in India’s history.
On this day, we the people of India should always remember the importance of upholding the integrity our institutions and the Constitution.— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) June 25, 2019
Home Minister Amit Shah also took to Twitter to share his thoughts and talked about the deprivation of fundamental rights during emergency.
1975 में आज ही के दिन मात्र अपने राजनीतिक हितों के लिए देश के लोकतंत्र की हत्या की गयी। देशवासियों से उनके मूलभूत अधिकार छीन लिए गए, अखबारों पर ताले लगा दिए गए। लाखों राष्ट्रभक्तों ने लोकतंत्र को पुनर्स्थापित करने के लिए अनेकों यातनाएं सहीं।
मैं उन सभी सेनानियों को नमन करता हूं। pic.twitter.com/XzRc4vEdJS— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) June 25, 2019
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, however, hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party by calling the rule of the present government as “super emergency”.
Today is the anniversary of the #Emergency declared in 1975. For the last five years, the country went through a ‘Super Emergency’. We must learn our lessons from history and fight to safeguard the democratic institutions in the country— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) June 25, 2019
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted his thoughts on emergency stating that the nation should resolve to never repeat emergency-like situation. He, however, erred in calculating the number of years.
This very day 34 years ago India witnessed one of the biggest assault on its democracy with the imposition of emergency by the then Prime Minister.— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) June 25, 2019
Let us resolve never to allow repetition of subversion of the Constitution of this great democracy.
Senior Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury, who was an active student leader in the emergency days, also remembered the struggle and the fight to restore democracy.
India is a Secular Democracy. One fundamental pillar, ie of Democracy was hit on this day, 44 years ago as the Emergency. We must remember our fight then to resist it, push it back and then restore democracy.— Sitaram Yechury (@SitaramYechury) June 25, 2019
India was under Emergency between June 25, 1975 and March 21, 1977. Emergency was aimed to control “internal disturbance”, for which the constitutional rights were suspended and freedom of speech and the press withdrawn.