November 1st, 2011
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Anti-emergency warrior receives Indira Gandhi award

mohan-dariaNew Delhi: Lawyer environmentalist Mohan Dharia, a constructive dissenter wasawarded the Indira Gandhi Award for National Intergration. The Former Union Minister Dharia is associated with non-governmental social activism in Pune. Sonia Gandhi who presented the award said that even those who disagreed with Indira Gandhi on many issues used to respect her from “the inner core of their heart and accepted her qualities.

Accepting the award he said, “I cannot forget the indomitable courage, contribution and sacrifice Indira Gandhi made for the country.”

This decision to award the anti- emergency warrior with Indira Gandhi a ward is very amusing. A few days ago Dharia had spoken out against the government for not taking steps to end the debilitating Manipur blockade which had left the citizens in the remote north- eastern state without life saving medicines and basic amenities.

Dharia had been jailed during the infamous Emergency Days. The 86 year old Dharia was elected to Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha and had also been a Union Minister and Deputy Chairperson of the Planning Commission from December 1990 to June 1991.


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