PM Modi says `vibrant liberal democracy key to progress` on 40th anniversary of Emergency

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

New Delhi, June 25: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that a vibrant liberal democracy is the key to progress and that everything should be done to strengthen democratic ideals and ethos.

On the 40th anniversary of the Emergency, the Prime Minister took to twitter to share his thoughts.

He posted: “We mark 40 years of one of India’s darkest periods- the Emergency, when the then political leadership trampled over our democracy.”

He further said: “A vibrant liberal democracy is the key to progress. Let us do everything possible to further strengthen our democratic ideals & ethos.”

Recalling that lakhs of people had resisted the Emergency declared by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on this day in 1975, the Prime Minister said: “We are very proud of the lakhs of people, who resisted the Emergency & whose efforts ensured that our democratic fabric is preserved.”

He also referred to Jaiprakash Narain and said: “Inspired by the call of JP, several men & women across India selflessly immersed themselves in the movement to safeguard our democracy.”

Modi said the Emergency brings back many memories and that youngsters had learnt a lot during the anti-Emergency movement, adding “Personally, the Emergency brings back many memories. As youngsters, we learnt a lot during the anti-Emergency movement.”

“Emergency was a great opportunity to work with a wide spectrum of leaders & organisations fighting for the same goal- return of democracy,” he added.

(With Agency Inputs)

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