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Advani fears Emergency might happen again; Is it a dig at Modi government?

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Just a few days before the 40th anniversary of the 1975 Emergency, BJP’s senior leader, Lal Krishna Advani talked about what is often termed as one of the darkest period of Indian political history, to a leading national daily. During the interview, he talked about what went wrong during the Emergency, how it could have been tackled, and also expressed his fears that it might happen again.

Newsgram brings to you excerpts from the interview, in which Advani explains his point of view.
On whether the Emergency can happen again
“At the present point of time, the forces that can crush democracy, notwithstanding the constitutional and legal safeguards are stronger. ”

On our immunity (or lack thereof) from political unrest
“I don’t think anything has been done that gives me the assurance that civil liberties will not be suspended or destroyed again. Of course no one can do it easily, but that it cannot happen again-I will not say that.”

On the role and position of the media
“The media is more independent today, but does it have a real commitment to democracy and civil liberties- I don’t know. It’s something that should be put to test.”

On popular culture and the Emergency
“I find it surprising that filmmakers haven’t been provoked by the Emergency. Someone could take the rudiments of history and make up the rest- even that has not been done. It is almost as if the Emergency has not been touched by popular culture.”

On the lack of responsibility during the Emergency
“There are many accounts of the Emergency, but I have not seen anyone responsible for the guilt admit to it.”

“During the emergency, no one stood up. Some of us fought and went to jail, not one person in the parliament rejected. Everyone was so scared of Indira Ji. ”

On the present lack of commitment
“I do not see any sign in our polity that assures me. A commitment to democracy and to all other related aspects is lacking.”
“From what I can see, the number of people in this generation who are committed to democracy and civil liberties is going down. Even when I think of writing a history of the Jana Sangh, I cannot think of many others who can help me write a correct history.”

Advani’s personal apprehensions
“I do not say that the political leadership isn’t mature. But kamiyo ke karan, vishwas nahi hota.

On the evolution of media, civil society and other institutions
“Media’s commitment is something that should be put to test. In civil society, we have only seen the Anna Hazare mobilization for the Lokpal, which disappeared after raising hopes. The failure of that movement has highlighted that if an agitation tries to take the form of government, it won’t be successful.”

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi Appeals MPs To Utilize Their Winter Season Well

The session would have 20 sittings spread over 29 days

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Prime Minister Naredndra Modi on Monday appealed to all MPs at an all-party meeting to utilize the winter session of Parliament well as it will be the last full-fledged session before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Addressing an all-party meet at Parliament House a day before the session commences, Modi said the government was ready to discuss all issues as per rules and procedures and was open to the opposition’s inputs for better working of Parliament.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narendra Singh Tomar briefed the media on what transpired in the meeting.

“The Prime Minister said that we all need to cooperate with each other on the issues of public interest. He underlined that in a democracy both the government and the opposition share their inputs for efficient governance,” Tomar said, quoting the Prime Minister.

“The Prime Minister also said that the government was ready to discuss all issues as per rules and procedures. If anybody wants to bring something to the government’s notice inside the House or even outside, we are open to it,” he added.

Tomar said that all the political parties present at the meeting have assured full cooperation in the smooth functioning of Parliament.

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Asked if the government was ready for a JPC probe in the Rafale fighter jets deal, he said the opposition had several issues including Rafale, farmers’ plight and economy “but they would have to prioritise things as the session was only four weeks long.

“These things can be settled in the Business Advisory Meetings,” he added.

The Minister said a legislation on Ram Mandir was “not the topic of today’s discussion”.

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“When something to this effect comes up, we will let you know,” he said.

He said the government had 46 items on the agenda including three ordinances, Supplementary Budget and government legislations.

The session would have 20 sittings spread over 29 days. (IANS)