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Emergency Chronicles by Gyan Prakash

Emergency Chronicles

Indira Gandhi and Democracy's Turning Point

Gyan Prakash

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Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 26 Mar 2019
ISBN: 9780691186726

The gripping story of an explosive turning point in the history of modern India On the night of June 25, 1975, Indira Gandhi declared a state of emergency in India, suspending constitutional rights and rounding up her political opponents in midnight raids across the country. In the twenty-one harrowing months that followed, her regime unleashed a brutal campaign of coercion and intimidation, arresting and torturing people by the tens of thousands, razing slums, and imposing compulsory sterilization on the poor.

4 stars out of 5
Rana Mitter
12 May 2019

"a timely backdrop to India’s general election"

Gyan Prakash’s outstanding new book is the first historical narrative of one of the most important crises of democracy in the modern world. Emergency Chronicles opens with a typical incident of that era: the kidnapping on a Delhi university campus of a student who was mistaken as a radical, and disappeared for more than a year into jail... The story is told from the point of view of those who suffered most. We have little sense of what Gandhi thought, as her family declines to release her papers... [T]he meticulous detail of Emergency Chronicles exposes a shameful chapter in India’s democratic history. 

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