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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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Waves of black as Modi visits Chennai

Tamil Nadu has been in turmoil since the six-week period for setting up the Board expired, with opposition parties and a host of fringe Tamil groups attacking the Centre

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Black flags and balloons and activists in black shirts and trousers greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he paid a whirlwind visit to Chennai with helicopter as the chosen mode of transport in the wake of statewide agitation demanding constitution of the Cauvery Management Board (CMB).

Protests were also held with black flags and placards throughout Tamil Nadu in cities like Tiruchi, Thanjavur, Coimbatore and Tuticorin against the Prime Minister’s brief visit to the state and the Centre’s failure to constitute the CMB despite a Supreme Court order. Black flags were hoisted on homes and business establishments across the state.

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi stressed on the importance of service to others in his last Mann Ki Baat edition for 2017.
Narendra Modi welcomed with black flags in chennai.

In a bid to avoid protesters, Modi, who arrived here by a special aircraft in the morning, chose a helicopter to reach Tiruvidanthai, in neighbouring Kanchipuram district where he opened the 10th DefExpo organised by the Defence Ministry. From there he took another chopper to come to IIT Madras, in the heart of the city. From there, he took a one-kilometre ride by car to the neighbouring Adyar Cancer Institute for an event.

The Prime Minister walked a few steps from the helicopter to the car that ferried him to the Cancer Institute. As he did so, he encountered some 30 students from IIT Madras who stood silently but held posters demanding a Cauvery Management Board as ordered by the Supreme Court — an issue which has whipped up emotions in Tamil Nadu. Modi then left by helicopter to the airport before returning to Delhi.

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#Go back Modi trended on top as netizens took to the cyberspace to register their protest against the Central government’s failure to set up the CMB as directed by the Supreme Court to ensure proper sharing of Cauvery waters between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka and other states.

DMK leader M.K. Stalin, who was on a padayatra of the Cauvery delta areas, wore black shirt and trousers as he protested along with state Congress President Thirunavukkarasar and CPI-M state unit chief Mutharasan. “The Prime Minister may be flying in the air today but he has to come down when the elections come,” he said taking a dig at Modi.

A black flag was hoisted at DMK chief M. Karunanidhi’s residence. The ailing leader wore a black shirt. DMK MP Tiruchi Siva and leaders of DMK allies wore black dress and marched on the road near the Chennai airport.

In the morning outside the Chennai airport, activists of the Federation for protection of Tamil Art and Culture, led by noted film director Bharatiraja and other film personalities like Amir, Gautaman and Vetrimaran protested against Modi’s visit. They were arrested.

will also hold a meeting there with the Indian community. Wikimedia Commons
Cauvery River Dispute is going on for a while now. Wikimedia Commons

While MDMK chief Vaiko held a black flag protest in Velachery, Naam Thamizhar Katch convenor Seeman, a film director, was arrested elsewhere. Vaiko called Modi a “coward” for choosing to fly. Political leaders Velmurugan and P. Nedumaran were arrested from Alandur metro station in Chennai for holding black flag protests.

Tamil Nadu has been in turmoil since the six-week period for setting up the Board expired, with opposition parties and a host of fringe Tamil groups attacking the Centre, saying the BJP was interested only in winning the Assembly elections in Karnataka. Even the hugely-popular IPL cricket matches have been shifted out of Chennai to Pune in view of the disturbances on Tuesday. IANS