Emergency 40 years ago

pic1058With the imposition of Emergency for 21 months the fame of former prime minister Indira Gandhi had diminished and those black days completed 40 years on date. Her decision to impose authoritarian rule was taken following her indictment by the Allahabad court. Those were the dark days under an autocratic rule which deprived freedom of speech particularly the freedom of press. No one had guts to air statements openly.

The news papers functioned under government dictation and the voice of all Opposition parties was suppressed which is hardly known to this generation.  Top leaders of the nation Lok Nayak Jayapraksh Narayan, George Fernandez, Moraji Desai, Atal Behari Vajpayee, L K Advani were pushed behind the bars when they raised their voice against her. Indira won her Lok Sabha seat in 1971 from Rae Bareili in Uttar Pradesh. A case was filed in the Allahabad high court that she resorted to irregularities in the general  elections. The court ruled that charges framed against Indira were correct and gave a verdict that her election was invalid and debarred her from elections for six years. All anti-Congress leaders raised nation-wide protests demanding her resignation. Later, she moved the apex court. Justice V R Krishna Iyer granted her conditional stay banning her to take part in Parliament discussions and voting. Indira stated that there was an internal threat to the nation and with the cooperation of then president Fakruddin Ali Ahmed she imposed emergency on June 26, 1975. It continued till March 21, 1977.


Medaram Jathara

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