Fin Min Arun Jaitley Compares Indira Gandhi To Hitler On Emergency Anniversary

| June 26 , 2018 , 11:18 IST

On the 43rd anniversary of the declaration of Emergency in India on Monday by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared a blog written by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. In the blog, Jaitley compares former PM Indira Gandhi to German dictator Adolf Hitler, who was responsible for the Holocaust and the deaths of millions.

PM Modi shared Jaitley's blogs in a tweet, "Shri @arunjaitley writes about the dark days of the Emergency, the trampling of personal liberties, excesses committed and how the Emergency was a direct attack on our Constitutional ideals. Do read his blogs."

In the blog on the Emergency imposed in 1975, Jaitley says there were striking parallels between the way Indira suspended fundamental rights and persecuted political opponents and the manner in which Hitler installed himself as the sole ruler in Germany.

“Both Hitler and Mrs Gandhi never abrogated the Constitution. They used a republican Constitution to transform democracy into dictatorship,” Jaitley wrote.

“Hitler continued to maintain that his actions were within the four corners of the Constitution. Mrs Gandhi imposed Emergency under Article 352, suspended fundamental rights under Article 359 and claimed that disorder was planned by the opposition in the country," he wrote.

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"The security forces were being asked to disobey illegal orders and, therefore, in the larger interest of the nation, India had to become a disciplined democracy,” Jaitley wrote.

“They amended Article 368 so that a constitution amendment was put beyond judicial review,” he added.

“There were a few things that Hitler did not do which Mrs Gandhi did. She prohibited the publication of parliamentary proceeding in the media,” he wrote.

“A Nazi leader proclaimed ‘there is in Germany today only one authority and that is the authority of Fuehrer’. AICC president Devakanta Barua proclaimed ‘Indira is India and India is Indira’,” Jaitley said.

The post was met with mixed reactions, as many questioned the rehashing an event from more than 40 years ago.