Statement of the Central Committee of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, 11th July 2018
The 25th of June marked the 43rd anniversary of the declaration of “National Emergency”. The then President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed declared the Emergency under Article 352 of the Constitution of India citing threat from internal disturbances. It bestowed upon then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi the authority to rule by decree. Civil liberties, including the right to free speech and assembly, were suspended. Workers strikes were banned and trade union activists were jailed. Press censorship was imposed. In the name of cleaning cities, the slums in big cities were bull dozed. Millions of workers, peasants and youth were forcibly sterilised in the name of population control. Political opponents were jailed. The constitution was amended to extend the life of parliament and postpone elections. The Emergency lasted till 21st March 1977.