Chandra Shekhar frequently differed with other leaders in the opposition in respect of the methodology of agitation and social change. He felt that unity without an understanding on basic and minimum programmes would prove a mirage. Others, obsessed with immediate gains, were anxious to take short cuts to power. Chandra Shekhar kept advocating adherence to due political processes despite his motives being misunderstood. After the defeat of the Congress (I), in 1989, he refused to join the government and publicly expressed reservations against the leadership. The country was soon pushed into a communal conflagration and eruption of casteist violence. Chandra Shekhar’s view that power without commitment to principles and a minimum agreed programme would be ephemeral.
In politics, Chandra Shekhar always was opposed to the politics of power and personalities; he preferred the politics of ideology as the best instrument for socio-economic change. His advocacy of the politics of ideology and his persistent campaign for rapid social changes brought him in confrontation with Indira Gandhi who believed in the politics of personalities and power. Therefore, when Chandra Shekhar proposed that Indira Gandhi should hold a dialogue with Jaya Prakash Narayan (JP) and seek conciliation instead of confrontation, she saw in him the main focal point of dissent within the party. When Emergency was proclaimed in June 1975, Chandra Shekhar was arrested under the National Security Act and detained in solitary confinement for the entire period of the Emergency till January 1977. He was at that time a member of the central election committee and working committee of the Indian National Congress.
Just as he had rejected offers of ministerial berths in Indira Gandhi’s Cabinet, he also declined to join the Congress after his release from detention. He wrote his diary during his solitary confinement in the Central Jail at Patiala, which was later published as “Meri Jail Diary” in Hindi. Another book of his is a compilation of his editorials and articles under the title “Dynamics of social Change.”
Content By: Samajwadi Janta Party Chandrashekhar leader .. Doctor Shiv Sharan Singh