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India Since Independence by V. Krishna Ananth

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The Emergency

The emergency that was declared in the early hours of June 26, 1975 was a severe setback in the political evolution of India … Citizens were deprived of their fundamental rights; freedom of the press was curbed … political dissent was suppressed … and officialdom assumed arbitrary powers … In sum, these events changed the basic relationship between the citizen and the state and indeed threatened to change the character of the Indian state itself.

—P. N. Dhar, Indira Gandhi, the Emergency and Indian Democracy

The emergency, which lasted for 19 months between 26 June 1975 and 24 March 1977, has been the subject of many books. Most of them are accounts by persons who, in their own way, resisted the undemocratic ways that marked ...

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