What TIME Said 40 Years Ago When Indira Gandhi Declared a State of Emergency in India

Perhaps the whole world has a big lesson to learn from India. India is today for Indians. The traces of colonialism is wiped out. India is today truly independent. People, Language, Cultural, Political and Economic Independent. I weep for many countries in Africa who have refused to learn a lesson from the steadfastness of India to develop…..Nigeria!! a call for real independent…. This is my perspective.


“Not since India gained its independence from Britain in 1947 had it faced a constitutional crisis of such magnitude,” an article in TIME’s issue dated June 23, 1975, began, describing then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi being disqualified from her seat in the Indian Parliament after being found guilty of “campaign irregularities” in her 1971 re-election.

Two days later, exactly 40 years ago, Gandhi would declare a state of emergency in the South Asian nation, setting off nearly two years of unlawful arrests, censorship of the press and severe curtailment of civil liberties to India’s millions of citizens. The 21-month period, known in India simply as the Emergency, represents one of the darkest periods of India’s political past.

As TIME wrote in a piece in its July 14, 1975 issue, three weeks into the Emergency:

There was no question that India and its imperious Prime Minister, IndiraGandhi, were struggling…

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