Drawing a parallel between German dictator Adolf Hitler and Indira Gandhi, Union minister Arun Jaitley today said that both turned democracy into a dictatorship.
In the second of the three-part series of an article ‘The Emergency Revisited’, Jaitley said unlike Hitler, Gandhi went a step ahead by endeavoring to transform India into “dynastic democracy”.
In his Facebook post, the minister wondered whether the script of Emergency, which was imposed more than 4 decades ago on June 25, 1975, was inspired by what had happened in Nazi Germany in 1933.
“Both Hitler and Mrs. Gandhi never abrogated the Constitution. They used a republican Constitution to transform democracy into a dictatorship,” Jaitley wrote in the second part sub-titled as ‘The Tyranny of Emergency’.
Jaitley further said there were a few things which Hitler did not do which Gandhi did.
“She prohibited the publication of Parliamentary proceeding in the media… Unlike Hitler, Mrs. Gandhi went ahead to transform India into a ‘dynastic Democracy’,” Jaitley said.
“The press censorship laws imposed in India and in Germany were almost similar. You had effectively a one-party system in play,” Jaitley said.
As regards the economic programme, the minister drew a similarity between the agenda of Hitler and Gandhi.
“Hitler had announced a 25 point economic programme. Mrs. Gandhi had announced 20. To cover up the gap, Sanjay (Gandhi) announced his 5 points economic and social programme. Dissent became a sin and sycophancy the rule,” Jaitley said.
Hitler continued to maintain that his actions were within the four corners of the Constitution, Jaitley said, adding “Mrs. Gandhi imposed the Emergency under Article 352, suspended fundamental rights under Article 359 and claimed that disorder was planned by the opposition in the country”.
The senior minister further said that the security forces were being asked to disobey illegal orders and, therefore, in the larger interest of the nation, India had to become a “disciplined democracy”.
Like Hitler, Gandhi arrested most opposition members of Parliament, and therefore procured, through their absence, a two-thirds majority of members present and voting and enabling the passage of several obnoxious provisions through Constitution amendments, he said.
“The 42nd amendment to the Constitution diluted the power of high courts to issue writ petitions, a power which Dr. Ambedkar had said was the very heart and soul of India’s Constitution. They also amended Article 368 so that a Constitution amendment was beyond judicial review,” Jaitley said.
A Nazi leader proclaimed that Germany had only one authority and that was the authority of “Fuehrer” (tyrannical leader Hitler), Jaitley said, adding similarly AICC President Devakanta Barua proclaimed “Indira is India and India is Indira”.
50 people feared dead as train runs over them amidst celebrating Dussehra near Amritsar
At least 50 people are feared dead in Jora Phatak area of Amritsar where a train allegedlly ran over people burning the effigy on account of Dussehra.
As per various media reports, hundreds of people had gathered around the area for effigy burning, when a train ran over them, trampling many of them including women and children to death. Around 300 people were at the spot watching ‘Ravan Dahan’, sources said.
The officials said that a throng of people Dussehra revellers that had thronged onto the railway tracks while watching burning of Ravana effigy was run over by a train near here, officials said.
Activist Trupti Desai who threatened to stop PM Modi’s convoy, detained early morning
Pune | Women Activist and Bhumata Brigade leader Trupti Desai on Friday morning was detained on her way to Shirdi ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the religious town of Shirdi in the Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra.
Desai had earlier announced to have a conversation with PM Modi over his silence on the denial of women entry to the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala. She also wanted an explanation over the assault on women journalists at Niilacka base camp covering the ‘Sabarimala entry’ event.
According to local police, Trupti Desai was detained from her house on grounds of ‘preventive custody’ after she warned to block the PM’s convoy if he did not agree to discuss her demands. Speaking on her arrest to a newspaper, Desai said, “No reason has been given to me for this act of forcible detention. I was only told that the order had come from the Pune Police Commissioner. It is ironic that we activists who are striving for the cause temple entry for women are treated in this manner. Why couldn’t the police in Kerala take preventive measures and detain those hate-mongers and troublemakers ahead of the temple entry at Sabarimala instead?”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday during his visit to the town of Shirdi will perform groundbreaking ceremony for some projects of the trust along with handing over the keys of houses to some beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY). PM Modi will also participate in functions to mark the conclusion of the year-long Saibaba Samadhi centenary programme organised by the Sai temple trust.
3 terrorists killed in infiltration bid in Jammu and Kashmir
Srinagar: Three unidentified terrorists were killed in a failed infiltration bid along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district, a defence spokesman said on Friday. The Army on Thursday foiled the infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector of Baramulla district, the spokesman said. He said alert troops noticed some suspicious movement along the LoC near Tourna in Boniyar area in the early hours of Thursday and challenged the infiltrators. The infiltrators opened fire towards the positions of the security forces which was retaliated, he said, adding three terrorists were killed in the gunbattle.
The identity and group affiliation of the slain terrorists were not immediately known.
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