Emergency a dark period in the history of India : PM

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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi addressed the 102nd episode of ‘Mann Ki Baat’ on June 18, 2023. In the address, the prime minister said that this time he was holding his ‘Mann ki Baat’ radio broadcast before instead of the last Sunday of every month as he would be travelling to the United States. We are publishing highlights of the address for our esteemed readers :

The blessings of the Janata-Janardan, the people, your inspiration, will also continue to enhance my energy.

Nowadays there is a lot of discussion about Jammu and Kashmir in our country. Sometimes due to rising tourism, at times due to the spectacular events of G-20. Some time ago I had told you in ‘Mann Ki Baat’ how ‘Nadru’ of Kashmir are being relished outside the country as well. Now the people of Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir have done a wonderful job. Farming has been going on in Baramulla for a long time, but here, there was a shortage of milk. The people of Baramulla took this challenge as an opportunity. A large number of people started dairy farming here.

Khelo India in UP

Today, sports are organized with a new enthusiasm in different states of the country. They give players a chance to play, win and to learn from defeat. For example, Khelo India University Games were organized in Uttar Pradesh recently. A lot of enthusiasm was observed in the youth. Our youth have broken 11 records in these games… Punjab University, Amritsar’s Guru Nanak Dev University and Karnataka’s Jain University have occupied the first three places in the medal tally.

Yoga For ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’

This year the theme of Yoga Day is – ‘Yoga For Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ i.e. Yoga for the welfare of all in the form of ‘One World-One Family’. It expresses the spirit of Yoga, which unites and takes everyone along. Like every time, this time too programs related to yoga will be organized in every corner of the country.

Rath Yatra in Puri

Lord Jagannath’s Rath Yatra is taken out with great fanfare in different states of the country. The Rath Yatra in Puri, Odisha is a wonder in itself. When I was in Gujarat, I used to get the opportunity to attend the great Rath Yatra in Ahmedabad. The way people from all over the country, every society, every class turn up in these Rath Yatras is exemplary in itself. Along with inner faith, it is also a reflection of the spirit of Ek Bharat- Shreshtha Bharat. I pray that Lord Jagannath blesses all countrymen with good health, happiness and prosperity.

Emergency a dark period in the history of India

India is the mother of democracy. We consider our democratic ideals as paramount, we consider our Constitution as Supreme… therefore, we can never forget June the 25th. This is the very day when Emergency was imposed on our country. It was a dark period in the history of India. Lakhs of people opposed the emergency with full might. The supporters of democracy were tortured so much during that time, that even today, it makes the mind tremble. Many books have been written on these atrocities; the punishment meted out by the police and administration. I had also got the opportunity to write a book named ‘Sangharsh Mein Gujarat’ at that time. A few days ago I came across another book written on the Emergency, – Torture of Political Prisoners in India. This book, published during the Emergency, describes how, at that time, the government was treating the guardians of democracy most cruelly.

There are many case studies in this book, there are many pictures. I wish that, today, when we are celebrating the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav we must also have a glance at such crimes which endanger the freedom of the country. This will make it easier for today’s young generation to understand the meaning and significance of democracy.