'Indira Gandhi's emergency decision was wrong', not just Rahul, Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh have also agreed
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi termed Emergency 1775 imposed by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1975 as a 'mistake' made by him. He had said, 'Whatever happened during that (1975) was' wrong' and completely different from the present time. Because Congress (Congress) never tried to capture the institutional structure of the country.
Emergency imposed by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1975 is one such topic, which Congress leaders also seem to be alarmed by referring to it on a large scale. However, the emergency imposed at that time has been an exception for years.
What did Sonia Gandhi say?
In May 2004, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, during a conversation with a journalist, recounting the memories of the Emergency, said that my mother-in-law (former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi) herself had said after losing the election that she Had to reconsider his decision.
Asked whether Indira Gandhi felt that her decision of Emergency was a wrong decision? Sonia said in response to this question, 'I felt that he thought it was a mistake. However, it should not be forgotten that at least Indira Gandhi was a democratic heart and a supporter of Prajapaksha. Sonia Gandhi said, 'The current circumstances at that time (1975) compelled her to take such a decision, though she was not comfortable in taking this decision nor did she want to take it.
Asked whether this is a lesson that no government should take the emergency decision again. To this, Sonia said, 'Yes, of course, though that time and time was different'.
Columnist Inder Malhotra writes in his article, 'There is no doubt that Emergency was an important chapter in the history of independent India. For those who went through it, those 19 months of emergency were like a nightmare. All of Indira Gandhi's trusted people, especially her son Sanjay Gandhi, refused to leave the post 'even for a day'. In view of which, the hammer of emergency had to be fired and Indira made a big mistake. Sanjay and his colleagues had made complete preparations for the Emergency together '.
BJP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia
In 2015, the then Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia (now with BJP) made the same comment as Rahul's statement. Scindia said that the Emergency imposed in 1975 was a big 'mistake'. Everything that happened during that time was 'wrong'.
Sindhia (Jyotiraditya Scindia) had said, 'Whatever happened in the Emergency was wrong. What happened in the Sikh riots was wrong. Scindia said that even if the government is in power, we should come out and say what is right, what is right and what is wrong. I think the Emergency was a wrong decision for our country '.
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
In 2014, Daman Singh, daughter of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, released his book 'Strictly Personal: Manmohan and Gursharan'. In which he wrote, 'Manmohan Singh said that the Emergency was shocking for him.
Daman Singh wrote in his book, 'Nobody expected Indira Gandhi to go this far. There was too much emphasis on punctuality. Some good things happened. However, an atmosphere of fear had arisen throughout the country at that time. Arbitrary arrests were being made and dharnas were taking place. Family planning programs went on and people were forcibly sterilized in Delhi and some northern states.
Former President Pranab Mukherjee
In the same year, former President Pranab Mukherjee came up with one of his books, 'The Dramatic Decade: The Indira Gandhi Years', in which he called Emergency as audacity. Mukherjee wrote in his book, 'There was a suspension of fundamental rights and political activity, mass arrests of political leaders and activists. Elections were not held, due to which the tenure of MLAs was further extended. These are some of the reasons for the emergency. During this time there was a large-scale violation of the rights of the people. However, Congress and Indira Gandhi had to pay a heavy price for this daring '.
It is believed that West Bengal Chief Minister Siddharth Shankar Roy played an important role in the decision to declare the Emergency. The Emergency decision was his own decision, on which Indira Gandhi agreed and implemented it. Mukherjee wrote in his book, 'Actually Indira Gandhi later told me that she was not even aware of the constitutional provisions for declaration of Emergency'.