The Tyranny of Emergency
“Having imposed emergency on 26th June, 1975, mrs. Indira gandhi got issued a proclamation under article 359 suspending fundamental rights. as a result of this, the right to free speech and personal liberty was gone. only censored news was available. on June 29th, in order to deflect attention from the suspension of democracy in India, she announced a Twenty Point Programme for the revival of Indian economy. In fact, large number of these twenty points were also retrograde economic measures which had to be reversed in the post 1991 economic reforms. Thousands of political detenues, journalists and academics were detained all over the country . ... “an atmosphere of fear and terror prevailed in the country outside. Political activity had come to a grinding halt. The dissenters were mainly political workers of the opposition party and the rss. They kept repeatedly organizing satyagrahas where a number of people courted arrest. It goes to the credit of Shiromani Akali Dal that it offered its cadres for satyagraha every day throughout the emergency outside the golden Temple and courted arrest. This earned akali dal a great respect in the entire country. The rss which was unfairly banned also provided a large cadre for satyagraha. “The press was completely terrorized. most editors and journalists surrendered and reconciled with the idea of living in dictatorship. The congress Party newspaper ‘national Herald’ editorially commented that time had come for India to evolve into a single party democracy. mrs. gandhi herself called for the graduation of India from democracy to a “disciplined democracy”. To give it credibility at the cost of losing his own, acharya Vinoba Bhave called the emergency ‘anushasan Parva’.” – From one of Arun Jaitley’s three Facebook posts on the the Emergency.