As the Indian emergency of 1975 marks its 43rd anniversary today, it would be worthwhile to reflect on the far reaching repercussions this political event had on the social and overall health of the country. Dating back to the period of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s leadership, India reeled under months of restraint and curbed freedom in the 21 month long ‘controversy’ that had threatened to throw the country’s democratic setup out of gear. The ‘darkest phase of independent India’, as it is often referred to, continues to plague any discussion pertaining to the social and political conditions of this country to this day.
Let’s check out different prominent personalities’ reaction on this emergency anniversary expressed in their tweets.
SUSHMA SWARAJ, MINISTER OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) June 25, 2018
ARUN JAITLEY, FINANCE MINISTER
The June 25-26 emergency proclamation suspended the fundamental rights under Articles 14, 19, 21 and 22 of the Constitution. Every Indian was now devoid of this fundamental right.
— Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) June 24, 2018
RAMACHANDRA GUHA, HISTORIAN
Today marks the 43rd anniversary of India’s descent into dictatorial rule; on the 25th anniversary, in 2000, I wrote this essay on Indira Gandhi and her regime:https://t.co/gUimIe47mI
— Ramachandra Guha (@Ram_Guha) June 25, 2018
SANDEEP GHOSH, DIRECTOR NISM
— GhoseSpot (@SandipGhose) May 18, 2018
PRATAP BHANU MEHTA, CENTRE POLICY RESEARCH PRESIDENT
— Pratap Bhanu Mehta (@pbmehta) June 25, 2018
BIPIN KUMAR SINGH, JOURNALIST
The Darkest Era of Independent India, begin on this day in 1975 and continued till 25th March, 1977. Let’s pray for the people who lost their life under the barbaric regime #IndianEmergency
— Bipin Kumar Singh (@bipinsingh1981) June 25, 2018
MANAK GUPTA, MEDIA PERSON
— Manak Gupta (@manakgupta) June 25, 2018