41 years have passed after the hated ‘National Emergency’ was imposed on 25th June 1975 by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. To tide over the political crisis consequent to the cancellation of the election of Indira Gandhi, the government declared Emergency, put all the opposition party leaders in jail, curtailed civil rights, news papers censured and authoritarian rule imposed. Many trade union leaders including that of government employees were put in prison.
The people fought against the Emergency and the government was compelled to withdraw it after about one year and declared general election hoping that the Congress will win with ease with most of the opposition leaders in jail. But common people thought otherwise. The ruling Congress Party was demolished and the Janatha Government came in to power. The authoritarianism was defeated.
People have to be vigilant always to ensure that such declared or undeclared Emergency is not imposed a second time.