Addressing a seminar on ''Patrakarita Ki Azadi'' (Freedom of the Press) to mark the 30th anniversary of Emergency, organized by the Press Club of Jamshedpur here, Mr Namdhari while recalling the ''Black days'' of Indian politics said the Emergency was declared due to ''over-sycophancy'' of some senior Congress leaders, who even raised slogans like ''Indira is India and India is Indira''.
He also singled out the role of media and the public representatives during the period of emergency and said if they were active, Emergency would not have been declared. But now democracy was consolidated and if the media and public representatives remained alert, the possibility of repetition of the incident of June 25,1975 would not take place, Mr Namdhari opined.
He also mentioned the role of the judiciary at that time and said uncertainty was prevailing and the judiciary was overactive as it had not spared the big shots like Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L K Advani.
Talking about the role of media in today's competitive era, Mr Namdhari said the media should play a role of watchdog and also stressed the need for its self introspection. He cautioned about delegation of absolute power to any individual or organization, which could be fatal for democracy. He was optimistic about the future of democracy in India and said ''I foresee a bright future for democracy in India.'' Mr Namdhari told reporters the role of media should be positive.
''Instead of highlighting the stories of Mikas and Rahul Mahajans, the media should focus on the stories related to public interest'', he said.
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