Dark days of Emergency unforgettable period in India's history: PM Modi

On June 25, 1975, the Indira Gandhi-led Congress government imposed an Emergency, which lasted for the next 21 months, during which fundamental rights of the people were provisionally suspended.

Published: 25th June 2023 05:12 PM  |   Last Updated: 25th June 2023 05:12 PM   |  A+A-


Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Photo | PTI)


NEW DELHI: On the anniversary of the 1975 Emergency, BJP leaders on Sunday went on a tweeting spree to turn the table on the Congress which has been accusing the Narendra Modi government of suppressing dissent, stifling democracy, and curbing freedom of speech in the country.

On June 25, 1975, the Indira Gandhi-led Congress government imposed an Emergency, which lasted for the next 21 months, during which fundamental rights of the people were provisionally suspended and curbs were put on the press.

"I pay homage to all those courageous people who resisted the Emergency and worked to strengthen our democratic spirit. The dark days of Emergency remain an unforgettable period in our history, totally opposite to the values our Constitution celebrates," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah alleged that the imposition of Emergency was a "selfish" power struggle and continues to remain a symbol of Congress' "dictatorial mentality".

"On this day in 1975, a family imposed an Emergency in the country, taking away the rights of the people and killing democracy, fearing losing power from their hands. Imposition of Emergency for selfish power struggle is a symbol of Congress' dictatorial mentality and an indelible taint on the party," Shah said in a tweet in Hindi.

Shah said that lakhs of people struggled to revive democracy facing many tortures, "I heartily salute all those patriots."

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said the days of Emergency were a "defining political experience" of his generation and "a lifelong lesson.

"On the anniversary of the declaration of Emergency, recall those dark days and how the nation overcame this challenge," Jaishankar tweeted, adding, "It was the defining political experience of my generation and a lifelong lesson to strengthen our democratic fabric."

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted newspaper clippings to remind her followers about the press' struggle against curbs on it and the freedom of speech during the Emergency.

"Media protested curbing the freedom of speech and Press freedom under the Emergency. Power-hungry Congress muzzled the media, jailed the entire opposition and amended the constitution unilaterally," she said in her tweet.

The Congress serves the dynasty and not the people of India, Sitharaman said.

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BJP chief J P Nadda in a tweet in Hindi said the Congress' "ruthlessness left behind even the tyranny of hundreds of years of foreign rule".

"I bow down to all the patriots who fought for the establishment of democracy in such difficult times enduring immense tortures," he added.

Union Minister Smriti Irani tweeted a five-minute video with the hashtag #DarkDaysOfEmergency, which narrates the events leading to 'The Emergency', and alleged brutalities by the Congress government during the period. 

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"Torture, imprisonment, murder, stifling the voice of free press - 25th June 1975 symbolises all that and more. Lest you forget, what the Emergency imposed on India and Indians entailed; do watch this video & see what the Congress party is capable of! #DarkDaysOfEmergency," the minister tweeted.

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