But does Nath have any other choice? Is he expected to pay pensions to people who were interned by the party he represents? More so, when he was part of the decision-making machinery then when they were jailed? If Nath had continued with paying the pensions, it would have amounted to admitting that the Emergency was, in fact, a bad thing and the pensioners were in fact wronged by being jailed. No hard-nosed and cunning political leader would ever do that. Nath can hide behind the plea that the BJP government had rewarded its own members with the pensions for the troubles they had to undergo during the Emergency and that it was a political scheme intended to open old wounds and defame the Congress. He has said that the scheme would be restarted after making it accurate and transparent. But it is clear that it will be given a quiet burial. The fact is that people were indeed jailed during the dark period, just for being political opponents of the then Czarina and her son. They were picked up and locked up so that no political movements could take place against the dictatorial regime. It is wrong to stop the pensions that seek to right the wrong done to these people by the Emergency.