Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declared the “Emergency” on 25 June 1975. It lasted for twenty-one months, from 1975 to 1977. This is often referred to as a “dark period” and “an aberration” in India’s recent history. What if the emergency was not an aberration, and was instead an event that grew out of existing political traditions, and historical legacies that can still be felt in the present? Watch this three-part series with scholar and journalist V. Krishna Ananth, to understand the pre-history of the Emergency, the constant need to interrogate this period, the ways it remade the Indian republic, and what we can learn from the fractured media landscape.
by Suchitra Vijayan
25 June 2020