"India is a very strong democracy. Only time we came close to losing democracy was somewhere in mid 70s for a brief period. India has shown a great resilience in coming back as a democracy," Jaitley, who delivered a public lecture at the Melbourne university here, said while answering questions from the audience.
    
He stressed that it was important to understand the incidents that took place in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and the Hyderabad University. Referring to his days as a protester during the emergency, Jaitley said, "I had spent 19 months in jail and our commitment to freedom of speech is second to none."

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