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New Delhi:  Despite terming the Emergency imposed in 1975 as the “biggest blow” to Indian democracy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that it triggered the birth of a new political generation in the country. Speaking at a function celebrating the birth anniversary of Loknayak Jayaprakash, he further said, “Emergency made a huge dent; it was a setback for India’s democratic tradition. But at times, goodness comes out of the bad.”

The prime minister also paid tribute to Bharatiya Jana Sangh leader and social activist Nanaji Deshmukh: “On his birth anniversary, my tributes to the great Nanaji Deshmukh.”

He also met ailing former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and former union minister George Fernandes on the occasion.

The prime minister, in his speech at the Loktantra Prahari Abhinandan to mark the 113th birth anniversary of Jayaprakash Narayan at Vigyan Bhavan, said the political generation that emerged during the Emergency was fully dedicated to the democratic values inspired by JP, as Loknayak Jayprakash Narayan was popularly called.

“The JP movement, the anti-corruption movement, the fight against Emergency after 25 years of Independence was an occasion… Today, the people in political life in India, most of them, are those who were born out of the Emergency,” he said.

JP had the capacity to get some positivity out of the Emergency, he said, adding that Indian democracy became stronger after the Emergency.

“I don’t want to cry about Emergency. We must remember Emergency and recognize the power of democracy… make future generations aware of it. It is the demand of the times,” he said.

On October 7, BJP general secretary Arun Singh had said a nationwide campaign would be held on Sunday to highlight how Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad, one-time followers of the anti-emergency Jayaprakash Narayan movement, joined hands with Congress, the party which had imposed it.

Meanwhile, describing Loknayak Jayaprakash Narayan as a “true socialist reformer”, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said his ideals would “continue to inspire” all political activists of the country.
(With inputs from IANS)

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Narendra Modi Releases Rs 100 Coin To Honour Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away on August 16 at the age of 93 at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here following a prolonged illness

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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he addresses a gathering in New Delhi, India. VOA

A day ahead of the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, his successor Narendra Modi on Monday released a commemorative Rs 100 coin to honour the late leader, who passed away in August.

Addressing a gathering at the Parliament House Annexe here, Modi said Vajpayee never compromised on the ideologies of the party and always spoke about national interest.

“For some people, power is oxygen…they can’t live without it…A long part of Atalji’s career was spent in the opposition benches but he spoke about national interest and never compromised on the ideology of the party.

“For long, the voice of Atalji was the voice of the nation,” Modi said.

“I assume that there must be invitations from other ideologies for joining hands to remain in power. Such things must have happened. But he never compromised.

“He was among those who could die for the nation, but would never compromise on the ideologies,” Modi said.

Vajpayee wanted democracy to be supreme. He built the Jana Sangh but when time came to rescue democracy he and others went to the Janata Party, Modi added.

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Narendra Modi (Wikimedia Commons)

“Likewise, when the choice was between remaining in power or comprising on ideology, he left Janata Party and formed the Bharatiya Janata Party” which “has become among the largest of political parties”, the Prime Minister said.

Hailing Vajpayee as “the best orator”, Modi said “the mind is not ready to believe that Atalji is no longer with us. He was a stalwart loved and respected across all sections of society.

Modi said e would go to Vajpayee’s memorial on Tuesday — his birth anniversary — to reiterate his commitment to the ideology and path shown by the leader.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Minister of State for Culture Mahesh Sharma, BJP national President Amit Shah and veteran BJP leader and Vajpayee’s contemporary L.K. Advani were also present at the event to release the coin.

Commemorative coins are usually issued to celebrate some special occasion or to mark a special event. They also have been issued as a mark of respect towards some distinguished individuals or monument.

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The coin, Modi said, is a small effort to show our respect to the former Prime Minister, “whose life is a message for all of us”.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away on August 16 at the age of 93 at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here following a prolonged illness. (IANS)