Emergency Chronicles: Indira Gandhi and Democracy's Turning Point

31 December 2018

Gyan Prakash

This is a comprehensive historical account of Indira Gandhi’s Emergency, which lasted from 1975 to 1977. Stripping away the myth that this was a sudden event brought on solely by the former prime minister’s desire to cling to power, the historian Gyan Prakash argues that the Emergency was as much her doing as it was the product of Indian democracy’s troubled relationship with popular politics. Prakash delves into the preceding years to reveal how the fine balance between state power and civil rights was upset by the unfulfilled promise of democratic transformation.