As the Bharatiya Janata Party observed ‘black day’ on the 43rd anniversary of imposition of Emergency and PM Narendra Modi leading the attack on Opposition for the ‘dark years’, the latter remembered how leaders were put in jail if they failed to conform with the ideas and policies of the Indira Gandhi-led government.
Even as PM Modi mentioned that several BJP and RSS leaders were among those jailed, the PM did not go to jail during the Emergency period from 1975 to 1977. PM Modi has mentioned in his book ‘Aapatkal Mein Gujarat’ that he disguised himself in inventive ways to hide himself during Emergency days.
In his book, PM Modi has said that he was one of the several leaders who wore disguises to evade arrest. He also said though he was not a tall leader of RSS at the time of Emergency, he used to carry information around as a connector between top leaders. PM Narendra Modi had a pseudonym as well - Prakash, As per several media reports, he even carried banned literature to Delhi and met Jan Sangh leaders in jail.
As per the book, PM Modi, who was 25 years old then, even posed as a Sanyasi and took leaders like George Fernandes to safe houses.
The underground work Modi did during this time helped him grow as a prominent leader and by the time Emergency lifted, from an ordinary pracharak he became one of the promising names in the RSS circle.
PM Modi was once asked by a school student too, on Teacher’s Day, that whether the picture of him posing as a Sikh was fake or not. PM Modi had then replied to him that the picture wasn’t fake and narrated the whole incident about the time when he had to dress as a Sikh to evade arrest.
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