Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting Venkaiah Naidu today said emergency is a bad part of Indian history and there is a need for systematic documentation of the emergency to make younger generation aware of its ill effects on our country.
Naidu said this after launching a book titled ‘The Emergency-Indian Democracy’s Darkest Hour’ written by A. Surya Prakash, chairman Prasar Bharati Board.
The book launch was organised as part of the day-long convention organized to mark the anniversary of the Emergency by Megh Nirghosh Media today in Ahmedabad.
Naidu further said that freedom of speech and expression ensured in our Constitution comes with responsibility.
He said the real essence of democracy lies in people’s participation.
Shri Naidu stressed that it was Gujarat from where the Navnirman Movement to dislodge the then corrupt and ineffective government began the half years before emergency. The Minister talked about the failure of media and the judiciary to stand up against emergency. He highlighted the role of Sarvodaya, Rashtriy Swayam Sevak Sangh in restoring the democracy in the country. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, senior BJP leader Subramanian swamy were also present on the occasion.