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The Emergency - A Personal History
The Emergency - A Personal History

The Emergency - A Personal History

by Coomi Kapoor

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9780670087587 - Year: 2015 - Pages: 389



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Author: Coomi Kapoor
Foreword/Introduction: Arun Jaitley
Publisher: Penguin/Viking
Year: 2015
Language: English
Pages: 389
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780670087587


In June 1975, Coomi Kapoor was a young reporter at the Indian Express in Delhi, when Indira Gandhi declared a state of Emergency, suspending civil liberties and sending opposition leaders to prison. In the dark days that followed, she personally experienced the full fury of the misrule her journalist husband was imprisoned on flimsy charges under the draconian MISA (Maintenance of Internal Security Act), and her brother-in-law, Jana Sangh MP Subramanian Swamy, was on the run to evade arrest, while her family faced constant threats and harassment from the security forces.

Meanwhile, Indira Gandhi, her son Sanjay and his coterie unleashed a reign of terror that saw forced sterilizations, brutal beautification drives that left thousands of people homeless overnight, and students and other innocent people jailed without cause or trial, while the press was firmly muzzled under strict censorship rules.

The eyewitness account of the Emergency vividly recreates the drama, the horror, as well as the heroism of a few, during those nineteen months, forty years ago, when Indian democracy was derailed.



Timeline of Events

1. Darkness at Dawn
2. The Midnight Knock
3. The Media Muzzled
4. A Strange New World
5. Black Diwali
6. Swamy on the Run
7. Ramnath Goenka’s Battle
8. The Enigmatic Empress
9. JP versus Indira
10. Sanjay and His Coterie
11. Five-Point Terror
12. The Opposition versus Indira
13. Firebrand Fernandes
14. The Denouement
15. Epilogue


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