Chouhan describes Emergency as darkest chapter of democratic history
Bhopal. The Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers Ananth Kumar said that other states should follow Madhya Pradesh, which has enacted a law for Loktantra Senani - those who were detained for protesting against emergency. He also suggested to include a chapter in school text book syllabi on how detainees fought for democracy.
Addressing the felicitation ceremony held at Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's residence here to honour the victims of Emergency imposed by late Indira Gandhi. The Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan informed that that the MP State Assembly has passed legislation for the welfare of surviving detainees of the MISA-Maintenance of Internal Security Act.
Ananth Kumar said that the people have taught a befitting lesson to those who once oppressed democracy. The struggle of the champions of democracy to save it has been recognized world over. In fact they staged the second freedom struggle. First was for freedom and second for the democratic freedom. They deserve honour and respect like freedom fighters. Praising the Chief Minister Chouhan, he said that Madhya Pradesh has done a commendable job by enacting welfare provisions for Loktangra Senanis. He stressed the need to be extra alert for protecting democracy.
Describing Emergency as the darkest chapter of India's democratic history, the Chief Minister Chouhan recalled the brutal harassment and atrocities, the MISA detainees suffered, families were ruined. The spirit of democracy was blatantly killed. It was due to continuous struggle and efforts of Loktantra Senanis the democracy was revived. He said that it was duty of the state government to honour them and their contribution. He urged the people to resolve that ill-intentions to attack democracy in future will not be allowed to succeed.
Felicitation of Women Loktantra Senanis - The Madhya Pradesh State BJP chief Rakesh Singh said that the contribution of Loktantra Senanis will always be remembered and keep on inspiring the younger generation. The National President of Loktantra Senani Sangh Kailash Soni gave a welcome speech.
A Souvenir published by Hoshangabad district unit of the Sangh was released on the occasion. Women Loktantra Senanis including Savita Vajpai, Uma Shukla, Jayshree Banerjee, Late Kanta Chopra and Ramkali Mishra's daughter Aarti Ilaiya were felicitated. Son of Jayshree Banerjee Deepankar Banerjee and son of late Kanta Chopra Punit Chopra received honour.
Those present on the occasion included the Minister of Public Relations and Water Resources Dr. Narotam Mishra, Meghraj Jain, Makhan Singh, Former Minister Sartaj Singh.