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Jiddu Krishnamurti on human rights

During India’s Internal Emergency, 1975-76, many rights were suspended by the then prime minister, Indira Gandhi. In 1975 J Krishnamurti [1895-1986] did not come to India, as he felt he would not be able to speak freely. Then Pupul Jayakar, close to both him and Indira, assured him there would be no problem, and he came in the winter of 1976, giving talks as usual. He met Indira a few times, and Pupul recorded in her biography of him, that it was these meetings that led Indira to rethink, call off the Emergency and hold elections in 1977. Below is an extract of one of his talks in the Rajghat School in Varanasi in 1976.

‘In the world, freedom is gradually being denied to human beings. Human rights are being gradually chipped away; human beings are being made into machines, human beings are now becoming slaves, not only to their gurus with their concentration camps that are called ashramas, but also politically, religiously, the gradual process of squeezing man into what the others or power dictate.’  Public talk 1, Rajghat, India, 3 November 1976.