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In the crossfire
This refers to the editorial, ‘The E word’ (IE, June 19). The democratic structure of a country rests on three pillars — a strong opposition, an independent judiciary and a free press. The Emergency imposed upon India by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi from 1975 to 1977gagged all three. Today, it seems, the corridors of power are guarded by one man, all elections — national and state — are being fought in his name, and all voices of dissent are being trampled upon by his coterie. In such a scenario, when fundamental civil liberty stands threatened by extreme rightwing groups, the possibility of another Emergency cannot be ruled out.
-Shreyans Jain, New Delhi
There is an unnecessary outcry over L K Advani’s hunch that another emergency may be in the offing. Indira Gandhi usurped the Constitution to save herself in her hour of political isolation, but Narendra Modi has no such fear, being in the saddle by dint of a massive mandate. Emergency does not mean concentration of power in one person, it means the suspension of the liberties of commoners. Our police will not be able to quell the wrath of the multitude. The military will not use its force on the people.
-J N Bhartiya, Hyderabad
The Congress will not allow Parliament to function (‘Impossible for PM to face house if they don’t quit’, IE, June 19). It is shocking that the Congress party has no compunctions about wasting public time and money to serve its own
political purpose. It will not allow the House to function unless the prime minister gives in to their demands,
and they justify this stand by claiming that the BJP had done the same thing in the past. Ghulam Nabi Azad, a nominated, not elected, member of the Rajya Sabha, has truly displayed his political bankruptcy by issuing
such a “threat”.
-Ashok Jain, Ambala