“We hope that you feel and imagine that exhilarating moment of democratic power through a reading of this riveting poem. “
On June 25, 1975, Jay Prakash Narayan called for a ‘total revolution’ from the grounds of Ramlila Maidan in Delhi. During his call for ‘total revolution’, JP read a poem, a legendary poem that became a symbol of the power of people in Indian democracy.
Written by noted Hindi poet, Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, this poem titled ‘Singhasan Khali Karo ki janata aati hai’ was a thunderous reminder that in a democracy ultimate power lies with the people, the masses. It is in the aftermath of this call that Mrs. Indira Gandhi declared Emergency, thereby ushering in an era of rampant human rights abuse and abrogation of rule of law.
“a thunderous reminder that in a democracy ultimate power lies with the people”
While today we all remember the Emergency for its excesses, it is also important to remember its underlying lesson on the power of “We the People”. We hope that you feel and imagine that exhilarating moment of democratic power through a reading, by Mr Kaizad S Gandhi, of this riveting poem.