Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Indian democracy came to a grinding halt in 1975 - Part III

Shah Commission Report – Lost and Regained

Shah Commission Report lost and regained
The entire 21 months dark period of Indian democracy was burried under carpet. Mr Era Sezhiyan, a well known Parliamentarian and a Member of Parliament during the Emergency period had one copy of the Shah Commission Report in his library.  He is now at 91.  Now the report has been reprinted and published.  I have taken an interview with Mr Sezhiyan about the Shah Commission Report. Please listen to an exclusive interview with Mr Era. Sezhiyan on Shah Commission Report. 

The interview can also be watched from Youtube http://goo.gl/QrPH8 

Forgotten history and heroes

The martyrs have been forgotten in the history.  Attempts were made to erase this part of the history.  Because of the ignorance of this great struggle, even Anna Hazare team calls their movement as 'second freedom movement'.  Calling Anna Hazare movement as second freedom struggle will amount to belittling the sacrifices made by Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan and other great leaders.  More than 1,40,000 leaders spent their time in prison during emergency days. 

Let us salute those UnSung Heros who fought to restore the democracy back to India.  

Abu Abraham’s popular cartoon in Indian Express dt. 10.12.1975

Abu Abraham cartoon 10 12 1975-indianexpress
Abu Abraham’s (A well known Indian Cartoonist) cartoon in  Indian Express  showing Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed signing the Emergency declaration from his bathtub. 

In this cartoon, President Fakruddin Ali Ahamed tells PM’s emissary, “If there are any more ordinances, just ask them to wait”.

This cartoon is the most popular cartoon published by Indian Express with courage during the emergency days.

Shankar’s weekly – Last cover 31st August 1975

shankars weekly 31081975 cover last issue
Shankars weekly 31 08 1975 cover last issue
Shankar’s weekly, the most popular cartoon magazine of India, started in 1948, exclusively for cartoons was forced to shut down in 1975 after introduction Press Censorship during Emergency.  

After 27 years of publication, Shankar’s Weekly published their last edition on 31st August 1975.  The cover page carried the words, "Parting – Not without sorrow”. 

In the Editorial of the last edition, Shankar Pillai, the Editor wrote, “Dictatorships cannot afford laughter because people may laugh at the dictator and that wouldn’t do. In all the years of Hitler, there never was a good comedy, not a good cartoon, not a parody, or a spoof. From this point, the world and sadly enough India have become grimmer.”

By Prime Point Srinivasan
Reproduced from the ezine PreSense June 2012 issue


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