But it is time now to turn the page and abolish emergency provisions in the Constitution.
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.
It keeps our democracy safe. By ensuring that an internal emergency has lost its bite
The bench stated that “the prayer of the petitioner is to declare that Indira Gandhi committed suicide which can’t be granted.”
In 1975, the government of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi imposed the Emergency, widely seen as the darkest hour of India’s democracy.
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.
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.
Though Vidya Balan liked the script, she is still apprehensive about playing the role.
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’.
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.
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.
JP ‘deliberately’ reiterated his appeal to the police, armed forces and government servants not to obey the ‘illegal and immoral’ orders of the government.
It would not be necessary for an autocratic government to take any extra-constitutional measures today, so pro-establishment has the media become.
Emergency regime tried to intimidate ‘The Indian Express’ and failed, writes a special correspondent with the paper, 1975-78.
The court started hearing Gandhi’s stay application, which was argued by Nani Palkhivala, at 11.30 am on June 23.