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Facade of normality or emergency

The Emergency imposed on the country in 1975 is memorable - for the destruction it unleashed on democracy and freedom and for the lessons that we learnt in disastrous consequences that ensued. Such is the personality cult of the “Leader”, that whatever he preaches is right, he can do no wrong. But as often is the problem with absolute power and ensuing corruption, his ego is writ large on the nation. So while he preaches that “Every generation must keep reflecting on the Emergency period in an unbiased manner so that no future political leader can even wish to commit the same sin”, the various happenings in the country alludes to same brand of Emergency. Look at the increasing use of state power used in suffocating the opposition. Look at how the functioning of Delhi government – in the national capital is being impeded. There is a break down in all forms of civility. Nationalism is a façade used to stifle all differing opinions and views. Social protesters like Hardik Patel or Jignesh Mevani are routinely detained. Preventive detention is being used to stifle social protest under the garb of maintenance of law and order. State power is being increasingly used to keep the press and media aligned with the government s agenda. The way in which every corruption scam like Vyapam has been swept off the public visibility is simply ingenuous. Extra-judicial killings are justified with nod of government. We don t even need to start on cow vigilantism here, an issue that has been rampant since the incumbent government has taken seat. And of course, the repeated tussle between the government and Supreme Court with increased attempts of Centre to control the judiciary - the third organ of the government cannot be seen an Emergency either. And other issues like Kashmir repression, threatening academic institutions, suppression of information directed against our own citizens doesn t pertain to Emergency-like situation.  The Prime Minister says one thing, keeping himself on the epitome but fails to control his subordinates. Is this an issue or is it plain hypocrisy?

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