Jayaprakash Narayan would have been 115 today. In an India that is very different, but is dominated once again by a single political force, what is the significance of his righteous but, in the long term, unworkable, message?
Deshmukh said that these crimes were more serious than the alleged corruption by her and her party caucus. He ridiculed the “fantastic” report about a plot to assassinate Mrs Gandhi.
By justifying the Emergency, Mrs Gandhi was challenging the verdict given by the people during the polls and denying the people’s sovereignty. “She is pursuing the same technique which she was following during the Emergency,” Chandrashekhar said.
In a seminar organised by Congress to mark the birth centenary of former prime minister Indira Gandhi, historian Mridula Mukherjee alleged that RSS had an anti-Muslim and anti-Christian ideology. Speaking at the seminar Mridula said that RSS “always do things and then claim that they did not have any hand in that deed”. “At the […]
JP’s AIR Interview In an interview to All India Radio, Jayaprakash Narayan spoke of the inevitability of a “struggle” in achieving “total revolution”, but said it might not necessarily be on the lines of Marxian “class struggle”. The reason why it would not be a class struggle in the Marxian sense was due to the […]
Misuse of government-controlled media by the Congress government before and during the March Lok Sabha poll will be one of the first cases to be taken up by the Shah Commission for public hearing later this month.
A sanitised copy of the report ‘India in the Mid-1980s: Goals and Challenges’ was released by the CIA under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which is similar to India’s Right to Information Act.
Union Health Minister Raj Narain ruled out the possibility of Indira Gandhi returning to power for another 30 years.
Congress MLC Sanjay Dutt demanded that the references, to the Emergency and the Bofors scandal, be removed from the history and political science textbook. Congress members said the government-approved textbooks should contain an account of history, not a political commentary.
K.H. Patil’s dismissal was caused by the chief minister’s resentment of the high command’s decision to appoint him the PCC chief despite Devraj Urs’s appeal to get the post filled through election.
Prime Minister Morarji Desai apologised in the Lok Sabha that the Leader of the Opposition, Y.B. Chavan, had not been given a seat in the front row at the swearing-in ceremony of the new president, Sanjiva Reddy. Desai made this gesture when a Congress member, Vayalar Ravi, raised the issue.
Pranabda is very good at keeping secrets. In fact, Indiraji used to say, “Whenever Pranabda is given any confidential information, it never comes out of his belly. What comes out is only the smoke from his pipe.”
Neelam Sanjiva Reddy was sworn in as the sixth President of the Republic. In his acceptance speech, he said that he would provide “the harmonising touch that is required for healing the old wounds, promoting better understanding and removing the lingering fears and suspicions”.
Steeped in the need for economic development, the Emergency allowed Gandhi to carry out mass arrests of ministers and have complete control over what the media published. It also resulted in her son carrying out forced sterilisation drives in Delhi and slum clearance programs.
Dictatorial rule can only be imposed when a majoritarian government is in power; a majoritarian government was then in power with a strong energetic and popular prime minister as head of government prior to the days of the Emergency of June 1975. Alas, constitutional dignitaries and even some judges of the highest court failed us.