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Emergency had a reason

But it is time now to turn the page and abolish emergency provisions in the Constitution.

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Bihar CM Nitish Kumar remembers the Emergency: ‘Many in the police sympathised with us, though they couldn’t show it’

Today, the attitude is — let’s do it only my way. There is little tolerance for opposition and there are obvious double standards in play.

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Because of the 44th amendment

It keeps our democracy safe. By ensuring that an internal emergency has lost its bite

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Gujarat HC junks petition alleging Indira Gandhi’s assassination was suicide

The bench stated that “the prayer of the petitioner is to declare that Indira Gandhi committed suicide which can’t be granted.”

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Recalling the Emergency years

In 1975, the government of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi imposed the Emergency, widely seen as the darkest hour of India’s democracy.

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Indra Gandhi paid for Emergency. If bad things had not happened… she would never have lost the elections: RK Dhawan

40 years after the Emergency, RK Dhawan, Indira Gandhi’s closest aide and her biggest confidante, admits to excesses during those times, blames then chief ministers for ‘instigating’ Sanjay Gandhi and insists Emergency cannot be imposed today.

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Only because of Emergency, I joined politics, says Gov Naik

He said he was oranising secretary of Jan Sangh in Mumbai at that time and had the task of preparing hand written “bills” against Emergency.

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Will Vidya Balan play Indira Gandhi in biopic?

Though Vidya Balan liked the script, she is still apprehensive about playing the role.

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Imposition of Emergency, 1975: The Build up

On night of June 25-25, hundreds arrested under Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA). Police wake up JP in middle of the night; he makes his famous comment ‘Vinaash kaale vipreet buddhi’.

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In inoculation and irony, the Emergency’s lasting lessons

One lesson of that time turned out subsequently to be a blueprint for Opposition success. It learnt that the adage about Strength in Unity was not just a cliché.

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40 years on, those 21 months of Emergency

On this day in 1975, the government of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi imposed the Emergency, widely seen as the darkest hour of India’s democracy. Amrith Lal recalls what happened, and why.

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June 26, Forty Years Ago: JP’s appeal

JP ‘deliberately’ reiterated his appeal to the police, armed forces and government servants not to obey the ‘illegal and immoral’ orders of the government.

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When you crawl, unasked

It would not be necessary for an autocratic government to take any extra-constitutional measures today, so pro-establishment has the media become.

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View from the newsroom

Emergency regime tried to intimidate ‘The Indian Express’ and failed, writes a special correspondent with the paper, 1975-78.

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June 24, Forty Years Ago: The PM’s plea

The court started hearing Gandhi’s stay application, which was argued by Nani Palkhivala, at 11.30 am on June 23.