Month: June 2010

MEMORIES OF THE EMERGENCY

June 19, 2010

Today, India commands respect in the world, not only because it is perceived as an emerging economic power, but also because from among the developing countries, it is the only one that has been functioning as a vibrant and vigorous democracy. Within the country, however, many are blissfully unaware that in June 1975 we came very close to a situation when the ruling party wanted to bury multi-party democracy and introduce a single party set up. In my blogs this month, therefore, I have been consciously trying to recall the happenings of the Emergency inflicted on the country on 26th June, 1975. The country needs to be intensely alive to this phase of independent India’s history. Allowing this phase to be forgotten would be tantamount to doing a grave disservice to Democracy! As I pointed out last week two events that took place on 12th June, 1975 led to the … Continue reading MEMORIES OF THE EMERGENCY

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आपातकाल की स्मृतियाँ

June 19, 2010

आज पूरी दुनिया में भारत को सम्मान सिर्फ इसलिए नहीं मिलता कि उसे एक उभरती हुई बड़ी आर्थिक शक्ति माना जाता है अपितु इसलिए भी मिलता है कि विकासशील देशों में से भारत ही एकमात्र देश है जहां लोकतंत्र जीवंत और सशक्त ढंग से चल रहा है। हालांकि, देश के भीतर अनेकों लोग इस बात से अनजान हैं कि जून, 1975 में हम एक ऐसी स्थिति में आ गए थे जहां सत्तारुढ़ दल बहुदलीय लोकतंत्र को दफनाकर एकदलीय लोकतंत्र स्थापित करना चाहता था।इस मास के अपने ब्लॉगों में, मैं विशेषरूप से वह सब स्मरण करने की कोशिश कर रहा हूं जो 26 जून, 1975 को देश पर थोपे गए आपातकाल के समय घटित हुआ। देश को स्वतंत्र भारत के इतिहास के इस पक्ष के प्रति जागृत और सजग रहना चाहिए । इस पक्ष को भुला देने का अर्थ होगा लोकतंत्र की अवधारणा के साथ विश्वासघात ! जैसा कि गत सप्ताह … Continue reading आपातकाल की स्मृतियाँ

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THE IMPORTANCE OF JUNE 12

June 12, 2010

I am in Patna today for the two-day session of the party’s National Executive. This will be the first meeting of the new National Executive named by President Nitin Gadkari. For the host of young first timers in the Executive today would be an important date for that reason itself. But those keeping track of the events in independent India since 1947, today is a historical date of landmark significance. In the annals of India’s political history June 12 is a very important date. It is a date the country must not forget. Exactly on this date, thirty five years ago, two events occurred which if the Establishment’s reaction to those events had stabilised, and their intentions had succeeded, Indian democracy would have been completely annihilated. Today, we would have been living in a different India. It would certainly not have been an India which is respected immensely because it … Continue reading THE IMPORTANCE OF JUNE 12

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