History, India, Politics

Listen: Indira Gandhi announcing the Emergency on All India Radio, June 26, 1975

President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed signed the ‘Proclamation of Emergency‘ on the night of June 25, 1975, but it was in the morning of June 26 that the nation got to know via an unscheduled broadcast on All India Radio (also sarcastically referred to All Indira Radio) at 8 AM.

Listen to Indira Gandhi’s Emergency announcement aired on AIR at 8 AM, June 26, 1975:

Audio not playing? Try this MP3 file instead.

“भाइयों और बहनों, राष्ट्रपतिजी ने आपातकाल की घोषणा की है । इससे आतंकित होने का कोई कारण नहीं है । (Brothers and sisters, the President has declared a state of Emergency. There is no reason to be terrorised by this,)” these ominous words resonated the airwaves on that fateful Thursday morning.

I have extracted this bit of Indira Gandhi’s radio address from a Doordarshan documentary on Jayprakash Narayan, another important person related to India’s Emergency, therefore the dramatic background music.

(This post is a part of a series on the 40th anniversary of the imposition of Emergency in India)

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History, India, Media, Newspapers, Politics

40th anniversary of Emergency: The unofficial Google doodle

(This post is a part of a series on the 40th anniversary of the imposition of Emergency in India)

This unofficial Google doodle pays tribute to the Indians who put in their best to uphold the principles of democracy in the dark days of the Emergency. The doodle draws its obvious inspiration from the iconic edit page of The Indian Express dated Saturday, June 28, 1975, in which the legendary editor Ram Nath Goenka published a bank editorial as a mark of protest against press censorship imposed during the emergency.

40-years-of-emergency-unofficial-google-doodle

Emergency was imposed on the country on the night of June 25, 1975 through a proclamation signed by President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed.

You can see other unofficial Google doodles on events and anniversaries that Google wouldn’t doodle about here.

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History, India, Politics

Proclamation of Emergency, as published in The Gazette of India 40 years ago

(This is the first in a series of posts on 40 years of Emergency)

40 years ago on June 25, 1975 that the President of India Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed toed the line drawn by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to sign the proclamation of Emergency and heap upon the democracy its darkest 21 months. This one-sentence proclamation signed on June 25, 1975 and published in The Gazette of India on June 26, 1975 (in English and Hindi. Reproduced below) initiated an unprecedented period of suppression of civil liberties in the country.

The one sentence that gave the Indian democracy a 21-month sentence.

PROCLAMATION OF EMERGENCY

In exercise of the powers conferred by clause 1 of Article 352 od the Constitution, I, Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, President of India, by this Proclamation declare that a grave emergency exists whereby the security of India is threatened by internal disturbance.

FA Ahmed
President

New Delhi
The 25th June 1975

Notification in The Gazette of India: Proclamation of Emergency by the President of India (English)

Notification in The Gazette of India: Proclamation of Emergency by the President of India (Hindi)

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