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The Emergency

A searing indictment of the suspension of democracy In June 1975 a state of Emergency was declared where civil liberties were suspended and the press muzzled In the dark days that followed Coomi Kapoor then a young jo. Mummy meri car gayee beta meri sarkar gayeeThis hilarious line captures the end of the EmergencyBut the 21 months of Emergency weren t hilarious at all The present generation needs to know what the Emergency really was And I can not write just a sentence or even a paragraph to summarise the Emergency We need to know in sufficient detail what the Emergency meant to the people of that time Coomi Kapoor has done a brilliant job in recounting the horrors of the Emergency In true journalistic fashion she has provided a vivid account of those dark days As the tittle says A personal history it IS a personal history Her husband Virendra Kapoor was arrested beaten up and jailed simply because he had stood his ground against Ambika Soni A minister in the UPA governmentthen a close associate of Sanjay Gandhi Her brother in law Subramanian Swamy then a Jana Sangh MP was hounded by the security forces Her family members faced constant threats Countless others faced similar fates She also recounts the horrors faced by prominent Opposition leaders The torture meted out to George Fernandes associate Snehlata Reddy and his brother Lawrence was inhuman And it wasn t just these two people that were tortured Many others who the establishment read Indira Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi deemed a threat were rounded up and imprisoned under MISA All in the name of maintaining law and order Ms Kapoor presents a picture of terror and gloom and it most probably was The evidence suggests so That is why the Congress lost in the elections after the Emergency was lifted despite facing a fractured Opposition The loss was the culmination of people s anger against Mrs Gandhi and her son Sanjay This book is a must read for everyone especially the people who were born in the early Eighties and afterwards

Summary The Emergency

D wanton imprisonment of many including Opposition leadersThis gripping eyewitness account vividly recreates the drama the horror as well as the heroism of a few during those nineteen months when democracy was deraile. 45 Stars I always round up TLDR An excellent read Highly recommendedThe book in itself is a majestical work But I find that the rating is comparatively low on Goodreads 387 Might not be such a bad rating once we take into account Goodreads official legend but I wonder if I am supposed to see the lack of something that made the 125 odd members give it low ratings on an average After all I am a relatively young reader But I have resisted the temptation to bump off a starNow to the book As far as I could see there was no book that focused on the Emergency and Emergency alone that was written by a non politician May be I didn t look hard enough The book is well paced and sometimes is indistinguishable from a work of fiction with some chapters reading like they are out of a Stephen King s book This book puts a lot of things and people into perspective for the ignorant me It disillusioned me I saw with factual evidence how easy it was for a democracy to become a dictatorship The picture of democracy is never rosy as you ve been led to believeThe book starts with a personal account of how the emergency came into being from the author s vantage point The first few chapters overwhelmingly focus on the story from that point but it is justified since the book says A personal history right on the cover However the personal focus is by no means a handicap If anything it potrays the ground reality in a very lucid and poignant manner We see heroes and cowards often on the same page The book is full of dates too but my eyes glazed over the dates since I am not doing a scholarly analysis The fact that a politician was able to or less convince the PM of the necessity of imposition of internal emergency is chilling The stories of blank Warrant slips and terrorized ADMs reminds us that with sufficient clout and pressure it is trivial for a politician to browbeat any public servant into doing unconstitutional things From the very beginning it is clear what eventually brought Mrs Gandhi down She couldn t see beyond the sycophants The muffling of media subseuent buckling of major Newspapers including Hindustan Times and The Hindu becoming the government s puppets and Indian Express Which the author worked for putting up a gallant fight is damning evidence to the power of media The fact that there was no one in the Congress who defied the mighty Mrs Indira is almost sad If there were people they didn t do a very good jobThe author has resisted rather commendably from inflicting arguments to strike Mrs Gandhi s character She rather lays out the facts and lets the readers take their own decisions The author s husband s initial willingness to take on the govt but later after the demoralisation at the prison his inability to fight as vigorously makes us think not without a shudder what we would have done if we had been in that positionSubramanian Swamy has been given a separate chapter and rightly so In the chapter Enigmatic Empress the author tries to explore the reason as to why Indira was doing the things she did I am resisting myself from making any comments on the issue since I am neither a professional nor a historian who can draw objective conclusions However the mistreatment of thousands of leaders the abuse of MISA and DIR COFEPOSA don t really help Mrs Gandhi s image The fact that personal scores were settled with MISA is absolutely terrifying The author also gives graphic details in the chapter on Sanjay of the Sterilization Campaign and the beautification drives And the Maruti plan is a slap on the face for bureacracy Sanjay Gandhi is probably the worst politician I have read about I am not giving an outline of the Emergency story because the it deserves to be read exactly as the author intended However it does give rise to some important uestionsWhy did so many people acuiesce to the imposition of emergencyWhy didn t and couldn t the bureaucrats convince the PM against this decisionHow couldn t Mrs Indira see Sanjay for what he wasWhy would the officials co operate The author freuently mentions that the prisoners thought the Britishers were better in the treatment of political prisionersWhy did people co operate with the govt on jailing their fellow citizens for no apparent crimeAfter all the atrocities of Sterilization however did Congress manage to win a 150 seatsWhy did people think it was a good idea to Vote Mrs Gandhi into constitution againWhy was nawin chawla never jailed and worst of all why did he even make chief election commissionerYou came to the end Here is a fun fact instead of a cookie Did you know that we gave Bharat Ratna to a man who advocated drinking his own urine as an alternative to those who could not afford medical care

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Urnalist personally experienced the full fury of the establishment Meanwhile Indira Gandhi her son Sanjay and his coterie unleashed a reign of terror that saw forced sterilizations brutal evictions in the thousands an. Freedom is in peril Defend it with all your might Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru The Emergency A personal history by Coomi Kapoor is a riveting account of one of the darkest most controversial time in post independent India This was the time when Mrs Indira Gandhi the late Prime Minister of India imposed a rule which gave her the authority to suspend elections revoke civil liberties crush fundamental rights and censor the press There are various accounts and opinions about it where some people believe that it was needed and lead to some positive changes in the country On the other hand there are many reports of atrocities committed by the party workers and supporters of Emergency The author calls it a Personal history as her family both her husband and brother in law Subramanian Swamy were involved in the government s so called crackdown on not just the leaders of opposition but also students reporters and anyone who was considered a threat Those who dared to raise their voice against the government were caught and jailed without any reprieve What is even interesting is the clout that Sanjay Gandhi her son heir apparent held on her Anyone who irked him or uestioned him was either threatened with dire conseuences or thrown in jail with made up charges Under the guise of protecting the countries interest many atrocities were committed and liberties taken by Sanjay Gandhi and his cronies Under his mother s protection he launched the Five point program that focused on family planning tree plantation slum clearance the abolition of dowry and eradication of illiteracy On paper this sounded like a version of utopia which would have lead to an India of our dreams However the way the program was implemented was not only shocking but brutal Mass sterilization drives were carried out throughout the country with targets given to the ministers leading to forced sterilization of both the young old married and unmarried men Slums were demolished without any thought of the relocation of the people who were suddenly homeless and without any voice Even controversial was the Maruti factory established by him to make his dream car which was a complete disaster but made those involved very wealthyThe book starts with a complete timeline of events that followed the Emergency making it easy to understand and stay hooked to It paints a picture of terror with a desperate and suspicious leader leading the country to a black time eventually leading to her downfall For people like me who were born after this time and are interested in India s political history a book like this is an eye opener and makes you wonder how did they even get away with it A must read for anyone who wants to learn about this time and the players involved in starting and ending of a black chapter in India s political history


10 thoughts on “The Emergency

  1. says:

    If – like I was – you are slightly hesitant to buy a book that declares itself a personal history of the Emergency since you’d rather r

  2. says:

    Mummy meri car gayee beta meri sarkar gayeeThis hilarious line captures the end of the EmergencyBut the 21 months of Emergency weren't hilarious at all The present generation needs to know what the Emergency really was And I can not write just a sentence or even a paragraph to summarise the Emergency We need to know in sufficient detail what the Emergency meant to the people of that time Coomi Kapoor has done a brillia

  3. says:

    Emergency even after 40 years continues to be a subject of much interest Even after all these years this 21 month period is probably one of the most interesting subjects to write on and read about Coomi Kapoor's work is the latest addition in the list of books discussing that dark period in Indian history These

  4. says:

    The Dark Age of Indian democracy 25th June 1975 21st March 1977 was a 21 month period the Emergency In the name of national security Mother and Son showed their Nepotism holding our nation at hostageThousands of arrests Censorship

  5. says:

    Freedom is in peril Defend it with all your might Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru “The Emergency – A personal history” by Coomi Kapoor is a riveting account of one of the darkest most controversial time in post independent India This was the time when Mrs Indira Gandhi the late Prime Minister of India imposed a rule which g

  6. says:

    We often hear the uote from Spiderman With great power comes great responsibility I would like to add so comes corruption of people and erosion of ideologies This book is all about that It tells us the story of how the Emergency rule had turned into a weapon to ruthlessly crush anyone and anybody who opposes to settle personal vendettas and to disregard all civil liberties It was truly the dark time of Indian Democracy

  7. says:

    Curiosity and Goodreads recommendation compelled me to pick up this book And I am glad I read it This book is a well researched and well documented account of 19 months of horrors unleashed on the masses It was an eye opening journey Even thou

  8. says:

    45 Stars I always round up ;TLDR; An excellent read Highly recommendedThe book in itself is a majestical work But I find that the rating is comparatively low on Goodreads 387 Might not be such a bad rating once we take into account Goodreads' o

  9. says:

    A must read and a thought provoking personal account of how the grave Indian Emergency of 1975 murdered Democracy in its own Temple India the Largest Democracy of the WorldThe book shows How life was during those horrific tw

  10. says:

    Written by a journalist from The Indian Express with Pro BJP leanings and somewhat lop sided this book still serves as a gateway to the dark and desperate times of 19 months long Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi In my opinion writers like Kuldip Nayar and Bipan Chandra have written their accounts of this period as well

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