Calling the 1975 Emergency period a black time for the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that he was “happy” that the people in India have always given priority to democracy.
“I am happy that people in my country have always given importance to democracy. There was a day when voice of people was trampled over, but now the people of India express their views on how the government is doing,” he said on the 21st edition of the monthly radio programme, ‘Mann ki Baat’.
Stating that though people were enjoying complete democracy now, he said there was a time in 1975, when the freedom of the people were curbed and 1,000 political activists and student leaders were imprisoned without reason.
“Democracy has given us strength, but the night of June 25-26, 1975, was the darkest night for democracy. I always request people to have full faith in democracy,” he added.
There was a day when voice of people was trampled over but now, the people of India express their views how the Government is doing: PM— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 26, 2016
The Prime Minister began his address with a mention of the recent launch of 20 satellites by India, saying the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has made the country proud.
“The matter of pride in the recent launch of the satellites was that 17 out of the 20 were the satellites of foreign countries... Our scientists are working hard to take our country to new heights,” the PM said.
Apart from the Emergency, the prime minister spoke a range of topics from the black money issue to ISRO’s successful launch of 20 satellites and the country’s first women fighter pilots.
Addressing the issue of black money, Modi urged the citizens to declare their undisclosed assets before September 30 and become part of a transparent scheme.
“The government has come out with a scheme to declare undisclosed income before September 30. By paying a penalty, we can free ourselves of several burdens,” he said. “Consider this as one last chance.”
The BJP government has declared September 30 as the last date for declaring income and November 30 as the date by which the tax, surcharge and penalty may be paid.
Modi also congratulated the country for having the first batch of women fighter pilots inducted into the Air Force.
“On June 18, first batch of women fighter pilots inducted in Air Force, we feel very proud. I congratulate them and their families. This is matter for pride for the entire country,” Modi said, adding that the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ policy of the government was being implemented in every corner of the country.
The International Day of Yoga and events organised around the world also found a mention in the Modi’s monthly address.
“Yoga has the power to connect the entire world, if only each one of us connect ourselves with Yoga. International Yoga Day was celebrated at over 1 lakh places in our country with enthusiasm,” he added.