It is only with dread and anger that we can remember the ‘Emergency’, declared by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on 25th June 1975, after her election was declared as invalid.
Terror was let loose. All the opposition party leaders were arrested and put in jail. Democracy was thrown to winds. Workers rights were trampled. Many Central Government Employees’leaders, including that of P and T were arrested and jailed. The press was completely censured and any opposition was subdued with iron hands. It was something more than dictatorship.
But the people will not tolerate such dictatorship. In the next elections in 1977, the Congress under the leadership of Indira Gandhi bit dust. It took many more years for the Congress to come back.
Today is the 39th anniversary of that dreaded day on which the Emergency was declared. We have to ensure that such an eventuality will never happen again.