Mann ki Baat: PM Modi remembers 1975 Emergency, calls for ‘eternal vigilance’ to preserve democracy

PM Modi Mann ki Baat: Remembering the 1975 Emergency, the prime minister said,"Such a black night which cannot be forgotten by any lover of democracy. No Indian can forget that. The Emergency will be remembered for the way in which people of India came together and safeguarded the democratic values."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 25, 2017 1:18 pm
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On the 42nd anniversary of the 1975 Emergency, Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasised on the need for “eternal vigilance” to preserve democracy. Remembering the 21-month period of emergency imposed by former prime minister Indra Gandhi, PM Modi said: “Democracy is not only a system. It is our culture… Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.”

Addressing the nation through his monthly radio programme Mann ki Baat, he said: “Such a black night which cannot be forgotten by any lover of democracy. No Indian can forget that. The Emergency will be remembered for the way in which people of India came together and safeguarded the democratic values. Those were dark days that no supporters of democracy can forget. In a manner, the country was detained and the Opposition was totally suppressed.”

On 25 June 1975, Indira Gandhi got the proclamation of Emergency signed by then President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmad, invoking the Maintenance of Internal Security Act. It happened against the backdrop of the Allahabad High Court’s judgment on 12 June 1975 that found Gandhi guilty of electoral malpractices.

Narendra Modi, who is on a two-day visit to the US, also highlighted the achievements of International Yoga Day celebrated on June 21. He mentioned the benefits of yoga was to create a health-conscious society. The prime minister congratulated Indian badminton player Srikanth Kidambi for his accomplishments in the Australian Open Super Series.

During his US visit, Narendra Modi will discuss issues ranging from H1B visas, Paris climate Agreement, to Make in India with President Donald Trump.

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  1. R
    Jun 26, 2017 at 10:02 am
    Democracy straight from the horse's mouth. The despot wants to keep everything under his control, interferes in judiciary, suppresses press media, let loose fanatic hooligans against Muslims in 2002, kept every misdeed of his under wraps and destroyed evidence against him to escape judicial system. Now sermonising gullible fools on democratic values. What an irony!
    1. C
      Jun 26, 2017 at 6:37 am
      Democracy is not utopia. The democracy that most people refer to is modern democracy that is post-Lincoln. The original democracy is the Greek democracy (demos) which was an electoral system for the elite only. Modern democracy is only based upon the voting system and not a form of government essentially, and a country gets a government that it votes for (Lincoln). It's also referred to as the'tyranny of the majority'. The Indian cons ution is secular but, socialistic, which is again, is essentially a welfare-state concept where the government is the most powerful en y, quite unlike what a representative and cons utional democracy is expected to be. Regarding the Emergency, apart from its many dictatorial features, one thing it did achieve successfully was to root out corruption and it did so mercilessly. Modi too, has imposed a state of emergency with demonitisation, and the ruthless imposition of the defunct 'sedition' clause. Everything is relative.
      1. I
        Jun 26, 2017 at 6:17 am
        Really Mr PM, who is talking about Emergency? At least she had guts to declare Emergency officially. What have you done in last 3 years is undeclared emergency which is worst than anything cons utional. Nobody can predict what is the next step you are going to tale against media and what BJP/RSS company is going to do to minorities in India. By the wat you people always talk about imposition of emergency but never talk why India voters brought Mrs Gandhi back in less than 3 years time with full majority. Congress had been too much defensive about emergency and I am not able to understand the reason. Janta party was worst Government ever in India and now your Government want to beat them in that context. You will be remembered in Indian history as most divisive figure. This media will change its tune once you are out of power and you still can win 2019 elections because opposition does not have any tall figure buy you are not going to be there forever. You will see media abusing you.
        1. B
          Jun 26, 2017 at 12:59 am
          Modi ji, please tell the nation where was 56 inch chhatti hiding during emergency?
          1. N
            Niladrinath Mohanty
            Jun 26, 2017 at 4:04 am
            Have you calculated how Modi would have been then.
          2. T
            Jun 26, 2017 at 12:51 am
            Joke on Indians intelligence.
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