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I&B minister releases Prasar Bharati chairman Surya Prakash’s book on the Emergency
MUMBAI: Information & Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu released Prasar Bharati chairman A Surya Prakash’s book on the Emergency, ‘The Emergency: Indian Democracy’s Darkest Hour’.
Stating that the Emergency is relevant after so many years, Naidu said that the younger generation needs to know why it happened and what the country did in response.
“The hands of the Supreme Court and the press were tied down, and except a few, no one stood up to fight the Emergency,” he said. “Ramnath Goenka and his paper, The Indian Express, were among the few who stood up to fight the Emergency. I remember someone telling me that during the Emergency most of the media were asked to bend and they began to crawl.’’
“Today, you can write whatever you want in this country. I saw an article written by an eminent person which said that if Narendra Modi dies tomorrow, then Subbarao will become the Prime Minister. You write anything against the prime minister of this country and nothing happens. Some of them (from media) accused and abused the prime minister. They called him impotent also. How they know I don’t know. One should understand that now there is total freedom,” Naidu said while releasing the book.