In the words of John. F. Kennedy, “Do not ask what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”
While attending the function where Hon’ble Prime Minister felicitated many people for their contribution and struggle during the Emergency days, BJP veteran L K Advani suggested inclusion of emergency history in curriculum. The man of words and action asked to include ‘History of the Emergency’ in curriculum of schools and colleges. He also suggested establishing a memorial to those who fought against it.
He suggested Prime Minister that, “The history of the Emergency should be included in the curriculum of schools and colleges. There should be a proper Loktantra Prahari Memorial in New Delhi.” He also said that adding this in the syllabus would enable new generation of Indians know the country’s history better.
L K Advani while appreciating the Prime Minister Narendra Modi also asked him to organize ‘Loktantra Prahari Abhinandan’ function. He lauded this to commemorate 113th birth anniversary of Loknayak Jayaprakash Narayan so as to highlight and make people aware about the contribution made by the Socialist leader in saving and strengthening democracy. He appreciated the initiatives of Prime Minister by adding, “You have made a good beginning. But, obviously, more need to be done.” While throwing light upon the contribution made by JP, he laid emphasis over the non-doctrinaire and non-dogmatic approach which was used in the battle fought against authoritarianism.
The BJP Veteran while addressing the gathering said, “It is rightly said that a people or a nation that forget their history, and their true heroes, do so at their own peril.” Further he added, “It is unfortunate that in the decades after Independence, especially during Congress rule, heroes like Jayaprakash Narayan were not given their due.”
He asked why only members of one family were projected as the heroes of independent India while without any doubt Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi were also patriots and played vital role in serving the nation with full dedication and devotion. He said, “However, the deliberate attempt to ignore or de-emphasise the contribution of other leaders was reprehensible.”
While blaming the successive Congress governments he said Congress “deliberately tried to marginalize” the works done by JP and other ‘Loktantra Praharis’. They are the ones who tried to erase the emergency period from the collective memory of Indians.
He urged the Central Government to commemorate 40th year of the end of Emergency and victory of democracy in a suitable and right manner. In two years from now beginning from June 25, 2016 and ending on June 25, 2017 India will celebrate the Landmark Year in the History of India.
He also paid tribute to all those brave hearts who laid their lives while fighting battles against Emergency. He said, “All of them were soldiers in the Army of Democracy that won the battle against it” and the present and future generations should know them and their contribution to the defense of democracy.