Emergency was black period for India: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday talked about the "dark days" of the Emergency declared in 1975 when he addressed the nation through his radio programme Mann Ki Baat.

Remembering the Emergency which was imposed in the intervening night of June 25-26 41 years ago, the PM said, Democracy has given us strength, but the night of 25-26th June 1975 was the darkest night for democracy.

"Basic rights of the people were snatched and the country was turned into a huge jail and all the prominent politicians, including Jai Prakash Narayan, working for the people were put behind the bars", Modi said.

"Yoga has the power to connect the entire world, if only each one of us connect ourselves with Yoga", PM Modi said and asked everyone to use it as a weapon in their fight against Diabetes.

The Income Tax Department announced the Income Declaration Scheme 2016, which gives the opportunity to citizens to declare their undisclosed assets before the said date. "We should unite the people", he added.

Those who do not disclose undisclosed income by September 30 will face difficulties, he said.

"There are only 1.5 lakh people in the country whose taxable income is over Rs 50 lakh...Get free of your earlier dues once and for all by giving correct information about your income and property to the government", Modi said.

He also touched upon several other issues including ISRO's latest achievement of launching 20 satellites and the induction of the first batch of women fighter pilots in the Indian Air Force. "The three women fighter pilots - Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh - have made us all very proud", he added. He also expressed pride at the energy and enthusiasm of students from Pune College of Engineering, whom he met yesterday and also Sathyabhama University who created academic satellites. He said, United Nations Headquarters in NY had arranged a special projection of various yoga postures which immediately caught global attention.