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    Need to remember the kind of people, propensities that led to Emergency: Senior RSS functionary Ambekar


    New Delhi, Jun 29: Senior RSS functionary Sunil Ambekar on Saturday recalled the days of Emergency imposed in 1975 and said it must be remembered to understand the “kind of people, propensities and the reasons” that lead to the creation of a situation when democratic system and rights come under threat.

    Without naming the Congress party which was in power then, Ambekar said that the Emergency, imposed within 25 years of becoming a sovereign republic, had put the country's democratic system and democratic rights of the people under threat.

    “We must remember the days of Emergency because it will remind us again and again as to what kind of people, propensities and reasons lead to the creation of such a situation when our democratic system and rights would come under threat,” he said.

    Such a threat to the country's democratic system and people's democratic rights had not come from abroad but “our own political system” with the imposition of Emergency, Ambekar added.

    He was addressing an annual event, organised by the RSS-affiliated

    Indraprastha Vishwa Samvad Kendra (IVSK) here to present awards to media persons for their outstanding work under various categories.

    “During the Emergency period, I was very young. I was with Vidyarthi Parishad for many years. Students of the country and Sangh (RSS) volunteers and people of the society, everyone, proested against the Emergency coming together,” Ambekar said, adding people had to face “various kinds of harassment” during the period of Emergency.

    He said that India is the biggest democracy in the today and the Constitution has provided people with the rights to live their life with freedom and equality.

    “It's been 75 years since the adoption of this Constitution. And it's important on this occasion that we must remember that Constitution as well,” he said.

    Ambekar, who heads the RSS publicity department, said that the Emergency was put to an end by the people of the country including those from RSS with their struggle.

    “Therefore people should understand that if such a situation arises, society is capable of fighting against it,” he added

    Without naming anyone, Ambekar said it has become a fashion these days for “some people” to make statements from their own political point of view.

    “But, I think, society should be clear that we need to understand that we have to remain vigilant. It's because a vigilant society can only protect its democratic rights. It's time to pay constant attention,” he added.


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