Modi era worse than emergency: Author Rajesh Joshi

Bhopal, Nov 3 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s era is proving to be worse than the 1975-77 emergency rule, noted Hindi writer Rajesh Joshi has said.

One of the many writers to return the Sahitya Akademi awards over alleged growing intolerance, Joshi said BJP leaders now have ‘swollen heads’ because they never thought they would get to rule India.

“The environment of intolerance that is being created is dangerous for democracy, and it is the duty of writers and thinkers to stand against it, which we are doing,” Joshi, 69, told IANS.

He said the Modi government wants to control intellectuals through mediocre people.

He described the present situation in the country as worse than the emergency period when political foes were jailed in thousands, individual rights were curbed and press freedom was done away with.

“Even then no killing took place. But in the last two years, three writers have been killed,” He said.

Joshi, who lives in Bhopal, is a poet, journalist and playwright. He won the Sahitya Akademi award in 2002 for an anthology of poems. He has also won several literary prizes. His poems have been translated into several languages.

The protests by writers in several languages was triggered by the murder of Kannada writer M.M. Kalburgi – and the Sahitya Akademi’s perceived silence. Many writers also cited other murders and the lynching of a Muslim man over rumours that he ate beef to underline that a climate of intolerance appeared to have gripped the country.

Joshi questioned Modi’s earlier silence on these incidents.

“The protest against the killing of three writers has intensified with the support of historians, filmmakers and scientists. But the government is not paying heed,” he said.

Joshi said the government needed to understand that “a stubborn attitude does not work… One ultimately pays for it heavily. The government must learn from the Emergency period.”

He said if the people had chosen them, they could also show them the door. “We saw this in the Delhi election.” he added, referring to the BJP’s defeat, when it could only win three seats in the 70- member assembly and the Aam Aadmi Party stormed to power with 67 seats.

He denied that literary figures were indulging in politics by returning their awards.

“Each person has his political viewpoint. It may be leftist too. The question needs to be asked why the BJP could not produce intellectuals? Why doesn’t it have prominent thinkers, writers and historians as leftists do?

Joshi blamed the central government for “orchestrating an environment of intolerance” by not taking proper steps to act against those who carry out hate attacks.

“The BJP, a party with a staunch ideology, doesn’t have intellectuals. That is why they attack intellectuals and put people like Gajendra Chauhan at important places,” he said, referring to the current chairman of the Film and Television Institute of India.

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  1. Modi era worse than emergency: Author Rajesh Joshi.

    As admitted by the Supreme Court of India, there was Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, who was sought to be dislodged by a wrong judgement by the judiciary in the Raj Narayan election petition. When the judiciary crossed the constitutional line of separation of powers to oust the DUEL ELECTED prime minister, by undermining the constitutional mechanism, it is true that the executive misused the constitutional provision to protect itself from politically motivated proactive misdeeds of the judiciary, by imposing internal emergency under the Constitution of India.

    THUS MISUSE OF CONSTITUTION BY THE JUDICIARY CAUSED THE MISUSE OF CONSTITUTION BY THE EXECUTIVE.

    The judiciary was at the root of the imposition of emergency. The Allahabad Court held Indira Gandhi of violating election rules on three counts. Out of those three alleged violations, two violations were due to the acts committed by the then chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Chaudhuri Charan Singh, who was the All India Treasurer of the political formation fighting against Indira Gandhi’s Ruling Congress Party. HOW COULD THE WRONG DOINGS BY THE OPPOSITION PARTY LEADERS BECOME A WRONG DOING BY MRS. INDIRA GANDHI?

    The third one was in respect of a government servant,Yashpal Kapoor, who had resigned from his post, who’s resignation was accepted by the authorities and who was not receiving any salary from the government when he worked for Indira Gandhi. This did not violate any election law. So the judgement was ILLEGAL and unconstitutional.

    Now, some may question how could I find fault with the Allahabad Court decision. If Arun Jaitley can call the full bench decision of the Supreme Court of India and brand it as “the tyranny by the un-elected”, just because the judicial appointment law enacted by the Modi government was set aside as unconstitutional, what is wrong if I uphold the decision of the Supreme Court of India setting aside the judgement of Allahabad Court and support Mrs. Gandhi?

    However, the present Modi government has imposed undeclared emergency on all those who oppose RSS! He does not take any action on RSS ministers and goons, and instead, just quotes president Pranav Mukharji to evade his responsibility. He is clandestinely encouraging the goons to impress the Hindu extremists that he is indirectly supporting them.

    MODI IS DICHOTOMOUS. HE PREACHES JUSTICE FOR THE WOMEN, WHILE HE HAS DESERTED HIS WIFE JASHODABEN AND DOES NOT PAY ANY MAINTENANCE TO HER. SHE EVEN FEARS ASSASSINATION BY THE SECURITY PROVIDED TO HER SAYING THE THING WHICH HAPPENED TO INDIRA GANDHI MAY HAPPEN TO HER! THIS ELOQUENTLY SPEAKS VOLUMES ABOUT THE PRESENT DISPENSATION!

    He, who failed to do justice to his wife, can do no justice to the people.

  2. “Modi era worse than emergency” – Report quoting an unknown, attention-seeking individual.

    You immediately disqualify yourself from any further discussion when you make such a preposterous statement!! This reminds me of our delusional Pincode Pai who declared RSS to be thousand times worse than ISIS!! One couldn’t make such public statements without risking jail time during Emergency period. Those who witnessed the emergency period and read about it clearly know that this guy is a dishonest, bitter, unhappy man who can’t accept the fact that Sri Modiji is our PM and Communal Congress is not even an opposition party!!!! LOL LOL

    • Original R.Pai – “This reminds me of our delusional Pincode Pai who declared RSS to be thousand times worse than ISIS!!”

      YES MR. DUPLICATE, I SAID SO. BUT WHAT WAS YOUR REJOINDER? YOU WRONGLY QUOTED ME AND SAID, “PINCODE PAI IS SAYING ‘INDIA IS THOUSAND TIMES WORSE THAN ISIS”!

      FOR YOU, RSS IS INDIA, BECAUSE YOU HAVE SUBSTITUTED “INDIA” IN THE PLACE OF “RSS” IN MY STATEMENT.

      SIR, YOUR’S WAS “a preposterous statement” AND THEREFORE, BY APPLYING YOUR YARD STICK, YOU STAND “immediately disqualified yourself from any further discussion”

      STOP PREACHING AND START PRACTICING. YOU ARE NOBODY TO DISQUALIFY ME OR ANY ONE WHO SPEAKS AGAINST THE RSS.

    • http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Intolerance-has-always-existed-Niti-Aayogs-Bibek-Debroy/articleshow/49666174.cms

      Niti Aayog’s Bibek Debroy — INTOLERANCE STARTED WITH NEHRU-CONTINUED TILL SONIA..

      Few Highlights!!

      In the course of the second five-year plan, a committee of economists was set up to examine it. Dr B.R. Shenoy was the only one who opposed it. Do you find Dr Shenoy’s name mentioned in the history of union policymaking? No. He was completely ostracized. He could not get a job in India and he ended up in Ceylon.

      book called ‘Heart of India’, written by Alexander Campbell who was a journalist. A patronizing book for that day and time but it is still banned in India because it says frivolous things about Jawaharlal Nehru, socialism in India, and the Planning Commission. People who say there should not be bans, why don’t they ever mention ‘Heart of India’.

      Rajiv Gandhi Institute
      In 2002, I decided to organize a conference on what India was supposed to be, what its society be like, what the idea of India would be? I invited Seshadri Chari who was the editor of Organiser. Several people from the Left also came.
      On the day of the seminar, a paper front-paged a report ‘Congress think tank invites editor of Organiser.” I get a phone call from 10, Janpath. Not Mrs Gandhi. “Madam has asked me to speak to you. Please withdraw this invitation to Seshadri Chari.” I said I have issued the invitation and if Madam wants to talk to me, let her talk to me. Ten minutes later the phone rings again. “Will you please ask Seshadri Chari to give in writing what he is going to speak?” I said I am not going to do that. “No, Madam wants to see it.”

  3. Namaskara.

    O.R. Pai-maam, I liked your factual comment, “Communal Congress is not even an opposition party!!!! LOL LOL”.
    Did you send enough “ajeerna” pills to Kumbala for delivery to Cong-I Bhakta living there in hallucination?

    Even a “secular” Modi-basher SHOBHA DE in a Times Now News hour 2 days ago admitted on how the then Minister Vidya Charan Shukla (Dictator Indira Gandhi’s chela, like DK Baruah, VC Shukla is infamous for his the role as chief censor and government propagandist during the dark 21 months of the State of Emergency imposed by Gandhi when she seized control of the levers of the state in the mid-1970s) during Emergency openly warned the journalists of Physical Elimination by the Government.
    This speaks volumes about the Dynasty ruled Cong-I party.
    Hope our Advocate Pai-maam would also admit [like Modi basher SHOBHA DE] with me that Indira Ghandy was a autocratic & dictator by nature?
    Or will he still hallucinate that Indira Ghandy was the most Democratic leader India had seen ever?
    I just don’t understand what business the never-practiced Advocate of capital letters has with Modi-ji’s WIFE JASHODABEN (of Unconsummated child marriage] ? Can we get logical legal clarification from Kumbala Advocte?

    Let’s have the views of shameless DK Baroah [Indira is India, India is Indra] of our EYT forum!

  4. O.R. pai-maam, namasara.
    ————-Quote——————–
    I’m glad that there are individuals like Shri Anupam Kher to expose the ‘tamaasha’ that is going on in India. Watch him and Arnab Goswami destroy the fake-secular outrage!!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWU6POLNtFk
    ————-Unquote——————–
    Thank you for that U-tube clip of Times Now News hour of 3.11.2015 on “INTOLERANCE” wherein so-called “secular” Modi-bashing columnist SHOBHAA DE admitted at 48:40 minutes about what I wrote about Minister for Info & Broadcasting, VC Shukla giving an open threat (criminal act, as per IPC, that will be agreed by Advocate Pai-maam, I hope?) ) to SHOBHAA DE openly in Editors Meeting in Mumbai that she would be hanged in public square.

    Advocate Pai-maam must be very proud about this Indira-Congress chela VC Shukla for his above criminal statement admitted by Shobhaa De, after so many years.

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