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The imposition of the Emergency was a turning point in independent India s history. Democracy was directly challenged as fundamental liberties of citizens were suspended, press was gagged and political opponents hounded by the state machinery. In this compelling volume, five experts bring together diverse perspectives-legal, political, historical, personal, social-to shed light on the cause and aftermath of this catastrophic decision. Prashant Bhushan vividly recreates the watershed case of Indira Gandhi vs Raj Narain that led to the Emergency; Gyan Prakash offers a comprehensive historical account of the growing popular unrest that disturbed Indira s regime; Coomi Kapoor details how she personally experienced the full fury of the establishment as her husband was arrested over a trifle; and Ajoy Bose and John Dayal, both staff reporters at the time, provide first-hand evidence of the destruction unleashed in the bylanes of Delhi. In his illuminating introduction, Sanjaya Baru describes how the Emergency exposed the weak links in the constitutional armour-it now serves as a constant reminder to each generation to keep a constant vigil over its freedoms.

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Sanjaya Baru is consulting fellow for International Institute for Strategic Studies, London, and honorary senior fellow at Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. He was media adviser to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (2004-08) and is the author of The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh. Prashant Bhushan is a renowned public interest lawyer in the Supreme Court of India, most known for cases such as 2G and Coal Scam. He is also an activist and a founding-member of Swaraj Abhiyaan-a campaign organization that works for various issues such as environment, human rights, corruption and good governance. Gyan Prakash is the Dayton-Stockton professor of history at Princeton University, and has been a recipient of the Guggenheim and the National Endowment of Humanities fellowships. He is the author of several books, including Another Reason (1999) and the widely acclaimed Mumbai Fables (2010). Coomi Kapoor has been a political journalist for more than four decades, and is currently consulting editor at the Indian Express where her popular column, Inside Track, appears on Sundays. Ajoy Bose is the author of the bestselling Behenji: The Rise and Fall of Mayawati. John Dayal is a political activist and author of The Shah Commission Begins.

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