"At the present point of time, the forces that can crush democracy, notwithstanding the constitutional and legal safeguards, are stronger," Advani told in an interview.
In the years since the Emergency in 1975-77, he said, "I don't think anything has been done that gives the assurance that civil liberties will not be suspended or destroyed again. Not at all."
"Of course, one can do it easily...But that it cannot happen again--I will not say that. It could be that fundamental liberties are curtailed again," the former Deputy Prime Minister, who is now a member of the BJP's Margadarshak Mandal, and was incarcerated during the Emergency along with a number of opposition stalwarts then.
Advani also said he sees no sign in the polity that assures him any outstanding aspect of leadership with a commitment to democracy and to all other aspects related to democracy is lacking.
"Today, I do not say that the political leadership is not mature.  I don't have faith because of its weaknesses.  I don't have the confidence that it (Emergency) cannot happen again."
Commenting on Advani's remarks, RSS ideologue MG Vaidya said Advani is a member of the BJP's Magadarshak Mandal and he doesn't think he is sending a message to Modi.
"I don't feel anything like that. He (Advani) is quite senior in age and experience. So, he can talk to Modi. He is in the 'Margdarshak Mandal' of BJP. I don't think he has an intention of sending a message to Modi through this interview," he said.

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