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While Rahul Gandhi talks about ‘saving democracy’, Bengaluru arrests a stark reminder of Congress’ Emergency mindset

The same Congress, Shah Commission observes in its report, arrested thousands under MISA during the Emergency, merely on account of their allegiance to the DMK. They are capable of repeating it again.

The electoral fortunes of the Indian National Congress under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi goes bleaker every day. Owing to the public disenchantment fast transforming into public disgust towards the entitled first family of the Congress which refuses to take any account of Public opinion and continues to stupidly drive the rhetoric-based campaign, they are clinging back to the theme which has served the Family in all these years- Democracy is in danger.

Today, parachuted into the leadership, Priyanka Vadra, wife of Robert Vadra charged with the major corruption during UPA, spoke of stepping into politics as a savior of democracy, projecting her own desperate move as some sort of act of benevolence towards the nation for which the unwashed masses ought to be eternally indebted towards her and the first family. Rahul Gandhi, arriving in Manipur claimed that the political plank for the party will be saving the democracy. This is in continuance to the campaign conjured up by the Congress in association with the communist with fact-less fashionista Arundhati Roy writing that the current regime is worse than Emergency.

Recently, a bunch of young techies were arrested in Bengaluru for raising slogans in support of Narendra Modi during a Rahul Gandhi meet. These fake news creators supported amply by fake news peddlers work on the presumption that people are intrinsically dumbed down and unaware of the past. It is on the premise of short public memory that their propaganda is based. It is therefore important to know and remember our past.

Emergency has been imposed thrice in India. The emergency was declared for the first time in India on 26th of October, 1962 by Jawahar Lal Nehru on the ground of external danger. Since the reason for the imposition of Emergency as put forth by Nehru was war with China, it ought to have been removed post the declaration of ceasefire with China. However, to the demand of the opposition seeking removal of emergency, Pandit Nehru responded in the parliament, “Emergency would last a considerable time, whether there is actual fighting or not.” As Nehru, who was later painted and whitewashed by the family loyalists as the defender of democracy, dragged feet on the question of revocation of Emergency, 1965 was with Pakistan came about.

Eventually, in February 1966, 33 eminent Indians, including ex-judges and vice-chancellors of universities came together, under the leadership of Ex-Attorney General, Mr M C Setalvad urging the revocation of the emergency which by then was four years old, calling the regime a constitutional dictatorship. However, Emergency was revoked only in the year 1968, two years after the war with Pakistan ended.

The second Emergency was imposed by Indira Gandhi on the pretext of external danger due to Pakistan war, on 3rd of December, 1971. This again should legally have been revoked once the war ended, that is on 17th December 1971. Mrs Gandhi, like her father, allowed it to continue till June 1975, when another Emergency was imposed on the 26th of June, 1975. The Constitution did not allow the President of India to impose overlapping Emergency proclamation (one on the account external danger to further be continued under the ground of internal disturbances). Anticipating challenges on account of Constitutional breach, a constitutional amendment (39th Amendment) was hastily brought in inserting Clause (4) to article 352, allowing the President to proclaim overlapping Emergency.

The Third emergency was not only unconstitutional, (earlier two were unjust still constitutional), it was far more tyrannical. The provisions of the dreaded MISA (Maintenance of Internal Security Act), an act enforced during the earlier of the overlapping Emergency, in 1971, were widely and injudiciously imposed to arrest dissenting people. At the time of the passing of MISA act itself, on June 16th 1971, Atal Bihari Vajpai had called the passage of draconian act as, “the beginning of Police state and blot on democracy..the first step towards dictatorship.” Amendments to MISA were made making it further stringent through Presidential ordinances dated October 17th 1975 and November 16th 1975, eventually replaced with amendment Act no. 14 on the 25th of January, 1975. This broadly meant the following:

– Government officer could make an arrest of a citizen basis some information or material with him with the officer was not bound to disclose to the citizen.

– The ground of arrest to be treated as confidential and not to be disclosed.

– The arrested person too is not entitled to the disclosure of the grounds of arrest.

This amendment also removed the applicability of Habeas Corpus to MISA detainees. The state government had the authority to free the detainee after examining the grounds of detention. However, as the matter stood, this was seldom the case. Out of 113 arrests in Goa, 1 was released; in Tamil Nadu, 1 out of 1027; in West Bengal, 1 out of 311; in Haryana, 5 out of 200; in Rajasthan, 8 out of 542; Gujarat, 188 out of 1655; Maharashtra, 98 out of 5473; in UP, not one person out of the arrested 6956 people were released.

Similar was the case of Bihar where 2360 arrests were made under MISA. Around 4600 people were arrested in West Bengal under unnamed sections of MISA, apart from 311 under 16A. In total 34988 recorded arrests were made under MISA and 75818 arrests were made under DISIR during the third Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi.

When the leaders of such a party speak about defending democracy, without having the moral courage to denounce what they have done previously, they are forgetfulness of the citizens. They pretend as if their past never existed counting on the ignorance of the people. India has seen not only one Emergency, but three, all imposed and prolonged for dubious reasons by one party, only to perpetuate its stranglehold on Indian polity.

One may argue as to why hold the current leadership to the mistakes of past leadership. The point is that the current leadership of Congress stands on the evil legs of the past and neither apologizes for its past nor tries to break free of it. Current Congress leadership goes around pledging to take care of those supportive of RSS ideology once in power. The same Congress, Shah Commission observes in its report, arrested thousands under MISA during the Emergency, merely on account of their allegiance to the DMK. They are capable of repeating it again. They pretend that nothing had happened and they lie in connivance of a corrupt media, which whitewash the past for them. They have no guilt either about their tyrannical past nor about their lies about their own past.

As Lysander Spooner wrote:

Those who are capable of tyranny are capable of perjury to sustain it.”

As the compromised media tries to resurrect the Congress as protectors of democracy with all the history telling us otherwise, one is reminded of George Orwell’s famous passage from 1984:

“And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed—if all records told the same tale—then the lie passed into history and became truth. ‘Who controls the past’ ran the Party slogan, ‘controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.”

Let us not pass off the arrest of techies of Bangalore as a one-off thing. The danger is grave, real and too close to be ignored.

Reference:

1. States of Emergency and the Law- By M. Ehteshamul Bari

2. Shah Commission report

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Saket Suryeshhttp://www.saketsuryesh.net
A technology worker, writer and poet, and a concerned Indian. Saket writes in Hindi and English. He writes on socio-political matters and routinely writes Hindi satire in print as well in leading newspaper like Jagaran. His Hindi Satire "Ganjhon Ki Goshthi" is on Amazon best-sellers. He has just finished translating the Autobiography of Legendary revolutionary Ram Prasad Bismil in English, to be soon released as "The Revolitionary".

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