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Emergency is a dark chapter in the history of Indian democracy. On June 25, 1975, the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi imposed emergency on the world’s largest democracy.
The Navnirman Movement started in Gujarat and the student movement in Bihar contributed in creating an adverse atmosphere for Indira Gandhi and her autocratic government in the entire country. When the Allahabad High Court decided to cancel the election of Indira Gandhi, then Emergency was imposed in the entire country.
As soon as the Emergency was imposed, all the main Opposition leaders were arrested across the country. Freedom fighter Jayprakash Narayan (J.P.) was agitating against the misrule of Indira Gandhi even before the imposition of emergency. He was also arrested as soon as the emergency was imposed. Along with this, other big leaders of the Opposition including Nanaji Deshmukh, Dattopant Thengadi, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Lal Krishna Advani were also arrested.
Shri Narendra Modi was not even 25 years old at that time. Shri Modi was a Pracharak in Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh at that time. After the arrest of prominent leaders, there was a challenge to continue the work of the Sangh. This challenge was there in Gujarat as well.
In such a situation, Shri Modi played an important role in keeping the anti-Emergency movement going in Gujarat. Shri Narendra Modi, who was a Sangh Swayamsevak, also developed his organizational skills during this period.
Under the leadership of J.P. and others like Nanaji Deshmukh, a Lok Sangharsh Samiti was formed at the national level. The responsibility of its leadership in Gujarat was given to Shri Narendra Modi. Publishing literature, carry out organizational works, struggle and Satyagraha against Emergency were carried out under the supervision of this committee. Shri Narendra Modi played an important role in this.
Shri Modi shouldered the responsibility of collecting, publishing and distributing material for anti-Emergency literature and magazines with the help of Sangh Swayamsevaks. Along with Gujarat, the literature published in Gujarat had to be taken to other states of the country also.
Shri Modi had unique ideas to escape from the police while doing organizational work during the Emergency. Sometimes he used to move around as a saint. Sometimes he would become Sardarji.
During Emergency, Shri Modi took care of the families of those workers who were arrested. He also had the responsibility of making arrangements for the travel of top leaders of the country when they came to Gujarat and organizing their meetings.
This book ‘Aapatkal Ke Senani Narendra Modi’ is an attempt to put together the contributions of Shri Narendra Modi during the Emergency. The book is now available on Amazon, Flipkart and Prabhat Books.
Publisher : Prabhat Prakashan, Page: 134, Price: 250/-