Rahul Gandhi Says Emergency in 1975 Was ‘Absolute Mistake’ But Points Out ‘Fundamental Difference’

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The Emergency was a mistake, stated Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday as a he spoke to Professor Kaushik Basu of the Cornell University.

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Gandhi stated, “I think that was a mistake. Absolutely, that was a mistake. And my grandmother said as much.”

The Emergency was imposed in India 1975 to 1977 when Indira Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi’s grandmother, was in energy. The Congress has typically been criticised for the Emergency through the years.

In 2020, Home Minister Amit Shah had attacked the the Congress in a collection of tweets saying, “On this day, 45 years ago one family’s greed for power led to the imposition of the Emergency. Overnight the nation was turned into a prison. The press, courts, free speech…all were trampled over. Atrocities were committed on the poor and downtrodden.”

Gandhi stated, “There is a fundamental difference between what happened during Emergency, and it was wrong, and what is happening now. The Congress party at no point attempted to capture India’s institutional framework. And frankly the Congress party doesn’t have that capability, our design doesn’t allow us that.”

When requested if there was hope for democracy and freedom of speech in India, Gandhi stated, “Of course there’s hope, but it’s much deeper than muzzling debate.”

Gandhi stated that the independence of establishments that assist run a democracy have been being attacked. “It is being systematically done.”

Talking in regards to the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, his father, he stated that his father’s dying “shaped me fundamentally”.

Gandhi, “At one level, my father was assassinated and it’s violent and painful. But at another level it is losing a parent.

“For me at that time, I saw my father fighting forces that there were much bigger. And I sort of sensed, before he died, that this was not going to end well. So what was worse for me was seeing my father walking towards his death,” he stated.

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