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Indira 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.

Forty years ago: July 24, 1978

A two-day international conference called for the establishment of a zone of peace in the Indian Ocean and for a nuclear-free zone in the South Pacific.


May 25, 1978, Forty Years Ago: Fernandes Case

On May 25, 1978, Justice Shah rejected an application filed by counsel for four Karnataka police officers seeking a short adjournment of the inquiry into the alleged illegal detention and torture of Lawrence Fernandes, brother of George Fernandes.

Mother's Day 2018: From Indira Gandhi to Sheila Dikshit, here are some powerful politician moms

The history of women in Indian politics goes back to more than a hundred years. Even before the constitution of India guaranteed the women the right to vote, many of them tried their best to make a difference and they did succeed.

February 26, 1978, Forty Years Ago

Voters in five states — Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Assam and Meghalaya — and the UT of Arunachal Pradesh, turned up in large numbers to choose their governments.

June 3, 1976, Forty Years Ago: Sanjay For USSR

Sanjay Gandhi was set to visit Tashkent.


March 21, 1976, Forty Years Ago: Discipline Must

Discipline, Mrs Gandhi said, was not regimentation but the ability to look beyond the interest of one’s group to the larger interests of the country.

March 8, 1976, Forty Years Ago: Sanjay’s Rules

Gandhi wanted all progress reported straight to the pradesh Congress president. More action and less talk was urgently required

Forty Years Ago: Sanjay in Bihar

PM Indira Gandhi said the law must enable political institutions to be resilient and responsive to new situations.

Forty Years Ago: Sanjay clarifies

Income-tax raids at the premise belonging to Vijaya Raje Scindia of Gwalior and other members of the former ruling family revealed “extensive tax evasion and concealed wealth”

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Sanjay Gandhi's birth anniversary: His unseen pictures with Nehru, Indira, Varun, Rajiv

Sanjay Gandhi was born on December 14, 1946 and was a dominant figure in the Indian political scenario. He died in a plane crash on 23 June 1980 while he was flying a new aircraft of the Delhi Flying club.

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I hold three people responsible for making Sanjay Gandhi the unconstitutional authority: R K Dhawan

In this Idea Exchange, R K Dhawan, Congress Politician and aide to former PM Mrs Indira Gandhi, speaks about his major regret during the emergency, on negotiations with Jayaprakash Narayan, influence of Siddhartha Shankar Ray on Indira Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi’s role as the unconstitutional authority