Emergency in India is the 21 month period between 1975 to 1977, when the then Prime minister Indira Gandhi misused the Constitution of India to gain absolute power and curb any thing that she thought was against her government. Congress president D.K. Barooah made a statement that crossed all the limits of flattery was ‘Indira is India, India is Indira’. India is bigger than any individual or any perceptions and these sort of crass conjectures are not new for Congress. They have always believed in flattering the Gandhis. During emergency Indira Gandhi has the direct control over the citizens of the country and the Constitution was only a document.
People were starting to raise their voice against Indira Gandhi and when the employees of Indian Railway went on strike then Gandhi’s government arrested them and humiliated their families. To curb this voice against her a state of emergency was declared on 21St June 1975. People like Atal Bihari Vajpayee and many more who raised their voice were arrested. Allahabad high Court on the case filed by raj narain found Indira Gandhi guilty on misuse of government machinery during elections and she was banned from contesting elections for 6 years.
Let’s bring some stunning facts about emergency that challenged the entire fabric of constitution.
- Sanjay Gandhi on account of family planning carried out forced sterilisation.
- People were arrested without telling them what was their fault which violated the ‘habeas corpus ‘.
- When kishore Kumar denied to perform at a Congress function, his songs were banned from All India Radio and Doordarshan.
- When elections happened in 1977 Congress was badly defeated and which saw India’s first non Congress Prime minister in Morarji Desai.
Now Rahul Gandhi is seen standing for JNU students on freedom of speech and supporting the intolerance debate. we wonder what are his views of emergency.