I remember thousands of people shunned any fear of arrest and coordinating protests against the Government.In every sense, the anti-Emergency protests demonstrated a true mass movement that involved people from all sections of society.In every sense, JP was the anchor that guided the anti-Emergency protests across the length and breadth of India.
This Emergency was the final assault of an insensitive Government intoxicated with power, one that had become completely disconnected from the very people that voted it to office.
The nation reeled under extreme price rise as the promise of ‘Garibi Hatao’ seemed both a distant memory and a cruel joke played on the people of this Country.
Even social and patriotic organizations were not sparred.
The RSS was banned and a large number of people arrested were RSS Swayamsevaks.
They were shunted out of their posts into the realm of obscurity.
Opposing the anti-people Congress government was nothing less than a hideous national crime.Long lines for essential commodities and families struggling to make ends meet had become very common.Corruption had become a part and parcel of those occupying the high offices.It would be appropriate to call the Emergency as one of the darkest periods in the history of India.All leading Opposition leaders were arrested immediately, irrespective of which part of the country they were in.And few missed the irony that the leader doing this not only belonged to Pandit Nehru’s party but also his own family.Today 37 years may have passed since the Emergency was imposed but the lessons learnt from those 2 years are extremely relevant not only now but also for years to come.During the Emergency, the people of India showed yet again they were not those who could take such things lying down.No sooner was the Emergency imposed than the murmurs of discontent began to spread, which eventually turned into the mammoth anti-Emergency movement that resisted tooth and nail this lethal assault on values of freedom and democracy.This is when the youth came forward and displayed immense passion, vision, courage and dedication.No mention about the Emergency is complete without remembering Shri Jay Prakash Narayan.