Glancing back on the tumultuous legacy of the Emergency period in Indian history, Prime Minister Modi stated that the time between 1975 and 1977 saw a “systematic demolition” of India’s democratic institutions.
On June 25, 2021, 46 years since the declaration of the emergency, a historically significant period in India’s history. On the 46th anniversary of the Emergency, Prime Minister Narendra Modi remarked on Friday that the “dark days” of the period “will never be forgotten.”
Notably, on this day in 1975, the then-President of India, Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, declared a state of emergency across the country at the suggestion of the Indira Gandhi-led Congress government at the Centre. The Emergency lasted from June 25, 1975, to March 21, 1977, and it is still one of the most contentious chapters in academic and political circles in modern Indian history.
Looking back on the tumultuous legacy of the Emergency period in Indian history, Prime Minister Modi stated that the time between 1975 and 1977 saw a “systematic demolition” of India’s democratic institutions. Taking to Twitter, Modi committed to promote India’s democratic spirit and uphold the ideals inherent in the Constitution. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also linked a series of infographics made from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJPofficial )’s Instagram feed to depict the “dark days” of institutional repression during the Emergency period.
Drawing attention to the sequence of images, PM Modi said, “This is how Congress stomped on our democratic principles. We honour all the greats who stood up to the Emergency and defended Indian democracy” to have had the power to do something similar again.”
The Emergency is often regarded as a dark period in independent India’s history as it was characterised by rampant state incarceration, silencing of opposition, and a government crackdown on civil freedoms. There were reports of frequent human rights breaches and oppressive censorship of the press.
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