Zee Media Bureau/Manisha Singh
New Delhi: Senior BJP leader and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley hit back at Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday for alluding to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as `Hitler`.
Writing on his official site, Jaitley said, “I heard a few extracts of the speech delivered by Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat. He compared Narendra Modi to Adolf Hitler. Rahul Gandhi may have been a young child in 1975 when his grandmother Indira Gandhi as PM decided to proclaim the internal emergency. Surely, he is not unaware of what happened during those nineteen months of the Emergency.”
Talking of the times of `Emergency` the BJP leader writes, “I was a college student at that time. As a Students Union Leader and an Activist in JP’s movement I spent the next nineteen months in prison. I came across a document being circulated as a part of the underground literature which was titled “A Tale of Two Emergencies”. I was later told that it had been authored by Shri L.K. Advani... The document was based on the authentic work of history of Nazi Germany by William Shirer. Shirer’s book was titled “The Rise and Fall of Third Reich”. I obtained a copy of the book in prison and spent a few weeks reading it. After reading the book I had no doubt that the only Indian politician in post independence India who drew inspiration from Adolf Hitler was Indira Gandhi. The comparison between Hitler and her was startling.”
Comparing Rahul`s grandmother and former PM of India Indira Gandhi to Hitler, Jailtley further writes, “She claimed that JP was leading an agitation where Armed Forces were being asked to defy illegal orders. She therefore suspended all fundamental rights including the right to life and liberty. She imposed censorship on the Press, compromised judicial independence. Her Attorney General pleaded before the Supreme Court that in the absence of the right to life and liberty a detenu could be killed in prison and he had no recourse. A pliable Supreme Court accepted this argument.”
“The tenor of the statement by supporters of the two emergency regimes was similar. Goebbels, Hitler’s propaganda minister declared – “The German Revolution has begun.” In India it was claimed that the country was passing through “something of a revolution”. The media could not publish any news item without subjecting it to prior censorship... All Opposition activists in the country were detained. They were whisked away in the midst of darkness. The police was asked to register fabricated FIRs under the Defence of India Rules against Opposition activists. Lakhs of false FIRs were registered. Thousands of persons were detained under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act. The law was amended to mandate that no grounds of detention were necessary to be provided. Additionally, the judgement of the Supreme Court in habeas corpus case reaffirmed that these malafide orders of detention were non-justiciable,” he added.
Drawing more parallels Jaitley says, “The Constitution was amended by the 39th Amendment making even electoral offences committed by the PM as non-justiciable. The inspiration for this came from the Nazis wherein Nazi leader Joachim von Ribbentrop who later became Hitler’s External affairs Minister advocated a new legal system since “Adolf Hitler too like any other common mortal can be tried under the same paragraph of the penal law” The Congress president Dev Kant Barua declared “Indira is India and India is Indira”. Hitler’s Commissioner of Justice Dr Hans Frank had declared that “There is in Germany today only one authority and that is the authority of Fuehrer”. Hitler created a secret police called the Gestapo whose orders like the MISA orders were not subject to judicial review.”
He concluded by writing, “Suspension of democracy, abrogation of civil liberties, detention of political opponents, suspension of democratic activity, abandonment of free Press, absence of judicial independence and vestige of power in one person were features of Hitler’s regime. Each step had inspired Indira`s internal Emergency. There was one basic difference between the two. Hitler did not promote a dynasty because he did not have any one to promote.”
On March 11, Rahul Gandhi while addressing a rally in Balasinor, Gujarat, without directly naming Narendra Modi had alluded that the BJP`s PM candidate for 201 Lok Sabha polls worked like Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler.