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A case for emergency in democracy

Emergency imposed by former prime minister,  Indira Gandhi in the year 1975, was no doubt a bad thing for democracy, but in no way it was harmful to make the nation disciplined. That is the reason even some of her staunch critics had appreciated the steps taken by her at that crucial juncture.

Democracy is for the disciplined people and unless the people are disciplined, the democracy has no meaning. A wrong notion is prevailing in our country about democracy now-a-days. The simple interpretation of democracy i.e. equal rights in society, is taken as freedom of speech, freedom of work, freedom to abuse or commit nuisance, freedom to live as per one’s life-style. It is because of this prevailing wrong notion, there is turmoil in every nook and corner of the country.

To add fuel to the fire, political parties in this country try to harvest the benefit of the situation without taking into consideration how it affects the nation. They keep their party’s or own interest in mind. Developmental activities are badly affected if the situation is not peaceful. In politics, things are always seen from one side and all the political leaders and parties have their own viewpoint, which they want to impose upon others. The anti-social elements and criminals have become a part and parcel in each political scene. They are harbored  by the influential and powerful politicians.

The aftermath of the incidents that took place at Ayodhya, on December 6,1992,raised some serious questions before the nation as regards the protection of country’s constitutional and cultural image. Both the main political rivals the Congress-I and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came out openly against each other. One accused the other of ignoring responsibilities to protect the constitutional rights of the people. The whole affair was politicized. The state government in Uttar Pradesh (UP) ruled by the BJP, was well aware of the fact that that the situation would be out of control, if lakhs and lakhs of people were allowed  to assemble at a small place like Ayodhya, to ensure the supply of essential commodities and to arrange accommodation for the congregation, was certainly a problem to be solved with intelligence wisdom.

On the other hand, the Central Government under the leadership of then prime minister, P V Narasimha Rao having full knowledge of the explosive situation did not take timely decisions to save the country from the great dangers, which sparked off the fire of communal violence in all parts of the country after the demolition of the disputed structure.

The riots brought a bad name for the country throughout the world. The nation would not be in a position to build up its image and secular structure for several years to come. The countrymen have lost faith in teachings of the political parties as they have not fulfilled their commitments according to people’s aspirations. In case of Ayodhya incidents, it has been proved that the political leaders only shed crocodile tears after what had happened. Thousands of innocent people were killed because of the fundamentalist attitude of a few, who were  al a long distance from so-called ‘faith’ or ‘religion’.

The need of the hour is to make the nation disciplined, if the country is to progress. Too much freedom to the people, who do not understand its actual meaning is not justified and is disastrous. People are yet to be educated properly, so that they would be able to perform their duties before demanding their rights. The situation calls for declaring emergency despite all possible opposition by political parties. The politicians exploit the situation either in their own interest or in their parties. Priority must be given to all efforts at maintaining peace and harmony among all sections of the society. People are to be made aware of their responsibilities towards the nation and the society.

The freedom of ‘might and muscle’ rule by anti-socials in the name of democracy must be stopped. If India is to remain one and united. In the present gloomy situation only emergency in the style of one declared by Indira Gandhi can pave the way to make people aware of their responsibilities.

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Silghat-Guwahati passenger train blockade by AASU at Raha demanding stoppage

18 Feb 2012 - 9:55pm | Dibya J Borthakur

In protest against the non-fulfillment of their long standing demand, the All Assam Students’ Union ( AASU ) , Raha unit along with several other organisations staged a peaceful train-blockade from 8 am to 9.30 am at Raha railway station on Saturday. About four hundred people took part in the blockade and stopped the movement of the Silghat-Guwahati passenger train for more than over 1 hour.

The Raha unit of the students’ union has earlier called upon the Railway authority to sanction a brief stop for the Silghat-Guwahati passenger train at Raha railway station, for the greater interest of the traders, students, office-goers of the Raha town is now dejected over the indifferent attitude of the concerned authority.

Talking to this correspondent, Mridul Hazarika, president, AASU , Nagaon district said,” We submitted a memorandum to the Railway authority on 7 January 2011 but no action has been taken by the concerned authority even after one year passing by. This bounded us to take the decision of train blockade today.”

He also pointed out that‘ If the train is stopped at Raha,it will benefit the passengers of Raha travelling to Guwahati everyday because they all need to pay additional 20 Rs. as autorikshaw fare to catch the train at Chaparmukh station.”

Meanwhile, Bhakarjyoti Bordoloi, Inspector ( Commercial ) of Lumding Division arrived at the spot and negotiated with the agitators and assured a discussion with the higher officials within a week.

On the other hand the agitators informed that if the railway authorities fail to fulfill their demand within a week then they will go for an indefinite rail blockade soon.

The AASU was also supported by Tiwa Students’ Union and AJYCP Raha unit members besides the local people in the train blockade programme today.

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Koch said that India government has no right to kill our people as well as no right to suppressed Kamatapur as  outfit organization has been struggling for the cause of Kamatapur state to keep alive aspiration and prospect of the Kamatapuris.He said that his outfit organization will take its struggle spirit through forum of UNLFW untill achieved of Kamatapur state, Koch said. 


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