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In his ent A good historical perspective on the s, the book is biased towards Congress and specifically Indira Gandhi. Ajoy babu decided to remain in the Bangla Congress and agreed not to resign as Chief Minister. Justice K. Pabitra Mohan Pradhan. Not a single charge of corruption was established against those whom the opposition implicated as corrupt. The letter sent to the President recommending the proclamation of Emergency by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is reproduced on the following page. Fazlul Huq and Abul Hashim.
India had a history of standing up for the protection of human rights. The plight of millions of homeless people crossing the border seeking refuge in the neighbouring states of India stirred the hearts of our people as we felt the anguish of this hapless multitude. Meghalaya and Tripura.
The developments in East Pakistan raised a different kind of problem for the Government of India in the northeastern hill states of Tripura and Meghalaya. Many of us were passionately concerned about the events that were unfolding then. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.
The following months saw a massive violation of basic human rights in the form of blood-chilling atrocities. Political solution means giving material help to the democratic.
When a member sought my suggestion on how to tackle the problem. The exhortations within India as well as in Parliament notwithstanding. This House expresses its profound sympathy for and solidarity with the people of East Bengal in their struggle for a democratic way of life. An intensive diplomatic campaign got under way…with Foreign Minister Swaran Singh. The message carried by all these missions was the same—the need to pressure the Pakistan government into offering a political solution in East Pakistan acceptable to the Awami League if peace and stability were to be preserved in South Asia… If New Delhi had had any illusions about the utility of international pressure upon Pakistan when these missions set out.
On 30 March. The House wishes to assure them that their struggle and sacrifices will receive the wholehearted sympathy and support of the people of India. Bearing in mind the permanent interests which India has in peace. I initiated a discussion on the floor of the Rajya Sabha. North America and Asia. All these efforts. I responded by saying: On 3 December The instrument of surrender was signed in Dacca at Border battles between India and Pakistan have erupted into full-scale war.
As a member of the Indian delegation to the 59th conference of the Inter-Parliamentary Union September Jets from West Pakistan have attacked at least four Indian airports. Niazi on behalf of the Pakistan Eastern Command. Avantipur and Sringar were hit… The Indian Government has declared a state of emergency. Pakistan launched pre-emptive air strikes against India. Dacca is now the free capital of a free country. Indira Gandhi took India to. Indira Gandhi announced in the Lok Sabha: Mr Speaker.
Jagjit Singh Aurora. I have an announcement to make which I think the House has been waiting for sometime. I was then sent to the United Kingdom and the then Federal Republic of Germany with a similar mandate. With single-minded nationalist diplomacy. The war was won swiftly. She stood steadfast in the face of tremendous US pressure and posturing from China. India and the Creation of Bangladesh New Delhi. Andaman and Nicobar Islands: Development and Decentralization New Delhi.
Bangladeshi Awami League. War and Secession: Pakistan Journal of History and Culture. BBC News. Schwartzberg Atlas. The News Today. Land of Two Rivers: Pakistan Election. Bangal Nama Kolkata. Volume 5. The Cruel Birth of Bangladesh Bangladesh. The Years of Endeavour: August August New Delhi: Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The Unfinished Memoirs New Delhi.
Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed. I argued that if the Constitution had indeed been abrogated. I was in Calcutta for my Rajya Sabha election. Chattopadhyaya and a couple of state ministers. She told him that in view of the all-round indiscipline and lawlessness. He recalled to the Shah Commission that on one such occasion before the announcement of the Allahabad High Court judgement on 12 June He reached 1 Safdarjung Road and met Indira Gandhi.
According to Siddhartha babu. Siddhartha babu briefed us about the happenings in Delhi the night before. Some went to the extent of suggesting that. Around 11 a. I got to the assembly building at about 9.
It is believed that Siddhartha Shankar Ray played an important role in the decision to declare the Emergency: Indira Gandhi told me subsequently that she was not even aware of the constitutional provisions allowing for the declaration of a state of Emergency on grounds of internal disturbance.
I corrected these prophets of doom.. I met him there along with D. Indira Gandhi asked me to return to Delhi as soon as the election was over and meet her at the earliest.
Indira Gandhi had abrogated the Constitution and usurped power for herself. It was teeming with state legislators. Siddhartha babu told the Shah Commission that Indira Gandhi had. Chattopadhyaya—who was then the Minister of State for Commerce and also in Calcutta for the Rajya Sabha election—told me he had received similar summons from Delhi.
The logic worked and people started to see reason. He had a say in Congress policies at the national level from the early s till the end of Deposing before the Shah Commission. Not only did they disown their involvement. Siddhartha babu had considerable influence over the decision-making process of the organization and administration. In matters relating to West Bengal. His voice was prominent at the meetings of the National Development Council and at the conferences of chief ministers.
As my diary entry for the day reminds me. He informed Indira Gandhi that the powers already available under the existing Emergency could be availed of to deal with the situation. Indira Gandhi.
Kasu Brahmananda Reddy. Siddhartha babu then asked Indira Gandhi for some time to consider the possible courses of action. His information proved to be correct. Siddhartha babu told me of an imminent cabinet reshuffle. The letter signed by Brahmananda Reddy was. Article of the Constitution for the purpose of imposing internal emergency [whereupon] she asked Shri Ray to go along with her to the President immediately… She gave to the President a summary of what she had told Shri Ray with regard to the facts.
Indira Gandhi would seek his advice on diverse matters. Siddhartha babu was no exception. June Suffice it to say that it seemed that the Commission was collecting materials and information only to substantiate a pre-conceived conclusion. I would have liked to have taken this to Cabinet but unfortunately this is not possible tonight. Smuggling and profiteering created an environment of frustration and restlessness. A large number of ministers and bureaucrats appeared before the Shah Commission.
Evidence recorded by the Commission indicated that the decision of declaring an internal Emergency was taken by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi alone and that the cabinet was not taken into confidence.
The Bangladesh war of had had a serious impact on the Indian economy. As already explained to you. The proceedings of the Shah Commission were peculiar.
Industrial unrest increased. Before the midnight drama of June As you are aware. I shall mention the matter to the Cabinet first thing tomorrow morning. I recommend that such a Proclamation should be issued tonight. The matter is extremely urgent. The letter sent to the President recommending the proclamation of Emergency by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is reproduced on the following page.
I am enclosing a copy of the draft proclamation for your consideration. In the circumstances and in case you are so satisfied. Prices soared: September witnessed a steep rise in the wholesale price index. This picture is well highlighted by Y. In each of these years. Its strength and adaptability will be severely tested. While nationalization in sectors such as coal mining created confidence in the minds of the working class.
The House will appreciate that pressure on prices was inevitable as a result of the unsatisfactory performance in the field of agricultural production in two. It is a matter of deep regret to me that. People supported his call because the sky-rocketing inflation and the lack of goods and services had already affected them adversely.
It was against this backdrop that Jayaprakash Narayan JP started his movement against corruption. With kind regards. Yours sincerely. I shall. Recent developments must. During the last three years conditions have not been favourable. We have tried to meet these challenges to the best of our ability. Nowhere in the world has the process of social and economic change been smooth or free from ups and downs.
The measures that have been adopted to deal with these inflationary pressures are well known to the Hon. The steep rise in the prices of crude oil and also some other commodities has turned the terms of trade sharply against us and has rendered our tasks exceptionally difficult. Indira Gandhi Source: Shah Commission. In any appraisal of these measures we must not lose sight of the narrow options open to the government. If this was not extraordinary. In the present situation. To secure an adequate rate of growth is the challenge that we face in the Fifth Five Year Plan.
Chavan observed: The basic objective of the three recent Ordinances. This would entail severe adverse effects on the future growth of the economy. Even with a more normal kharif crop in Because of a much sharper increase in international prices. From 10 October till the time the Janata Party came to power 24 March These mid-year proposals were to yield approximately Rs crore for the whole year.
Chavan had to present new taxation proposals before the Lok Sabha on 31 July. Chavan was moved to External Affairs and his deputy. The available indications suggest that there was hardly any increase in the rate of growth of industrial production in Subramaniam and I were brought into the Ministry of Finance.
The steep fall of 9. It will be a major objective of our economic policy to revive the tempo of industrial activity in It is. It is a matter of deep regret that the upsurge in industrial production that was evident in was not sustained in Apart from the new taxation proposals. As we know. The virulence with which inflation has been spreading and its devastating impact across national boundaries continues to impose on developing countries such as India burdens and hardships which we have been ill-equipped to withstand.
Subramaniam and Neelam Sanjiva Reddy— formed an informal group with the idea of pressuring Indira Gandhi to act on their advice. Foremost was the fact that they were now facing an election without the leadership of Nehru.
Their plan. The level of general dissatisfaction manifested itself when the ruling Congress lost 78 seats in the Lok Sabha and. Atulya Ghosh. It is unnecessary for me on this occasion. Biju Patnaik. Mahamaya Prasad Sinha in Bihar.
In his budget speech of Most of these leaders were defeated in the general elections of This group had started asserting itself after the death of Jawaharlal Nehru. And even if the political unrest which led to the declaration of the Emergency overshadowed the economic aspects.
What is even worse is the persistent rise in prices which has eroded the capacity to save and thus imposed a painful constraint on the flow of investible resources so urgently needed to sustain our plans for a better future. Before the elections. Going into the elections. In addition. A political realignment—in the country and within the Congress Party—began unfolding in the late s.
These prominent Congress leaders—K. The impact on the living standards of our people and on the pattern of real income within the country has been serious enough. She set about mobilizing the rank and file of the Congress around her and. The gainer was the Swatantra Party. The politics of the fourth Lok Sabha was fraught with pressures. Overriding Morarji Desai. She criticized the conservative opposition within the party and emphasized that unless pro-people programmes were undertaken and implemented vigorously.
Even as the government was settling down to the newly-formed equations in Parliament. Koka Subba Rao. Many eyebrows were raised. The central government suddenly found itself hamstrung and unable to carry forward its left-ofcentre developmental agenda.
While she won comfortably. But the fact is that with the Golak Nath case. While the central government was still trying to understand the nuances of this historic judgement—which pronounced that the Parliament was not competent to amend the Fundamental Rights enshrined in the Constitution —there was an even more surprising development. Indira Gandhi started asserting herself. Most unexpectedly. Subba Rao. Morarji Desai got votes—not a small number by any count— as a result of which he had to be accommodated as the Deputy Prime Minister with charge of the Ministry of Finance after the general elections.
With many states now ruled by opposition parties. On 12 April The point programme articulated by her reflected her radical and pro-poor stance. In the election held after the death of Lal Bahadur Shastri. Most of these leaders. Indira Gandhi fought this tooth and nail. She demanded. The consequent face-off resulted in the then Congress President.
Zakir Hussain passed away in May This was the scenario when Indira Gandhi called for mid-term elections in December After the split. This was a test for the government before the Supreme Court. The entire nation watched as the Supreme Court. The Congress Parliamentary Board. The Ordinance on Bank Nationalization was promulgated on 19 July with the nationalization of fourteen commercial banks with a deposit of over Rs 50 crore.
Indira Gandhi won by a landslide. The result: Immediately after this Ordinance was promulgated. The Congress O. Sanjiva Reddy. Faring well even in the states of West Bengal and Tamil Nadu. Bank nationalization was actioned in She exhorted a conscience vote. Indira Gandhi once again assumed the initiative and occupied centre stage.
While her radical programmes made her popular among the masses. July was a turning point for the Congress. But a majority of Congress MPs chose her as their leader.
Indira Gandhi emerged as the most powerful victor in the electoral. With this bold and decisive action. From about Prior to 15 August The motion for consideration of the Bill was rejected on 5 September A new clause was added that no law which declared that it was giving effect to the principles in clauses b and c of Article 39 would be called into question on the ground of inconsistency with fundamental rights.
The same evening. After their merger these princely rulers had no sovereign powers. Madhav Rao Scindia of Gwalior was the principal mover of the writ 15 December to challenge the vires of the Ordinance. On the same night. With the Constitution coming into force. This paramountcy lapsed on 15 August because of the Indian Independence Act.
According to this. The logical next step in the pro-people and left-of-centre agenda was to do away with the privileges of rulers and ICS officers. The judgement pronounced on 15 December went in favour of the petitioner and read as follows: After obtaining his signature.
On the strength of these orders. Expectedly this matter was taken to the Supreme Court. After the thumping majority she got in March Under the law they were free to accede to either of the two dominions—India or Pakistan—or remain independent.
As it happened. Indira Gandhi was able to introduce the 25th Amendment passed on 20 April Each party will pay and bear its own costs. These decisions have spoken the words of the Constitution.
Nobody was openly critical. This is when murmurs of a committed judiciary also began to be heard. Minister for Education. And while Indira Gandhi wanted to go ahead with her reforms agenda.
Some of the judicial appointments made at that time definitely had their stamp. The sum total of this face-off was that while the state always had the larger national interest in mind.
There is no fundamental right to Privy Purse. While history remains confined to books. In accordance with the opinion of the majority the Petitions are allowed and writs will issue declaration that the orders made by the President on September 6.
In the post dispensation. Recognition of Rulership is not a legal right. Petitions allowed The only dissenting judge was A. Privy Purse is not a legal right to property. Of course. The foundations of the perceived mistrust of the judiciary had been laid by the judgement in the Golak Nath case in April Minister for Law. Mohan Kumaramangalam. There is no fundamental right to Rulership. The petitioners will get their costs of the petitions.
Minister for Steel.
A series of decisions of this Court have held that Article is a bar to rights to Privy Purse. The petitions. It is not a right to property. One hearing fee in those petitions in which the petitioners have appeared through the same counsel. I am also sending a copy of this letter to the Chief Justice of your High. India New Delhi They could. March Justice and Company Affairs. While obtaining the consent and the preference of the persons mentioned in paragraph 2 above.
The feeling is strong. A copy of her reply is reproduced later in this narrative. The situation escalated to such an extent that the Chief Justice of India. Shiv Shankar had taken over as the Law Minister and. It was not only a terse policy statement. That Indira Gandhi replied without much delay.
I would be grateful if action is initiated very early by you and the written consent and preferences of all Additional Judges as well as of persons recommended by you for initial appointment are sent to me within a fortnight of the receipt of this letter. I would request you to: Matters also came to be discussed in Parliament. In this context. Ministry of Law. Signed P. You are also aware of the events which took place which kept us all so fully occupied.
They have all been brought up to respect the Judiciary. I am glad that you wrote to me because it enables me to clear some of the apprehensions which you have expressed. You need have no doubt whatever that the government and the country as a whole will always uphold the dignity of the courts including the highest court in our land. With regards.
Shiv Shankar To: Your brother judges and you have taken exception to some observations made by the Minister of Law and Justice in the course of the cut and thrust of a debate in Parliament. You know him well. I have your letter of December 3. Apprehensive of repeated onslaughts from the executive. Such transformation took place in Europe and America. Governor of Punjab 2. As you know I was away on that date.
How the pendulum swung from one side to the other. This also set off a chain of events which finally culminated in the three cases decided by the Supreme Court. Our country is going through profound social. We have all to guard against the danger of substituting those inarticulate major premises of social and economic thinking of which we as individuals might happen to approve at a given time for the will of the people as reflected in Parliament. In India we are trying to achieve the same results by arguments.
I personally have no doubt whatsoever that as our nation moves forward and our society gains inner cohesion and sense of direction all our great institutions. As you know most of the constitutional amendments putting a particular interpretation on certain Articles of the Constitution. This in itself is a measure of the high regard of Parliament and the Government for the Judiciary.
The needs and grievances of the people in a democracy cannot be met by repression of their manifestations but by remedying the causes which underlie them.
We can derive some satisfaction from the fact that for nearly a quarter of a century we have avoided excesses and have resolved differences arising out of the divergent visions of the Law and the justice without undermining their dignity and prestige. I hope that you and your brother judges will see the conflict of arguments. Judiciary and Executive. These are inherent in any living and evolving society. I am sure. So far as I can make out.
In the course of the debate on the Fourth Constitution Amendment one of your own distinguished colleagues Shri Justice Hegde when he was a member of parliament made certain observations.
Legal stability depends as much upon the power to look forward for necessary adjustment and adaptation as to look backward for certainty. Inevitably the merits or otherwise of such judgements have been debated at length during the passage of successive constitution amendment bills.
The portion referred to by you was in fact a quotation from this speech. Therefore there are bound to be moments of conflict between Parliament and Judiciary or the Judiciary and the Executive. I do not have to recall the moments of such conflict in the United States and Britain.
Despite these conflicts institutions have grown and taken deep roots. It is then. As we have seen. Hastings Road.
New Delhi. It was made to appear that persons holding high offices were either corrupt or shielding those who were corrupt. Allegations of corruption were brought against some government personnel. They realized that. I should like to reassure you and your brother judges of our abiding respect for the courts and their vital role. Possibly as a result. Their nation expects them to maintain their high tradition of impartiality and to act according to their rights.
However invincible she may have appeared to be in these electoral battles. Their only hope was JP.
If there are ever any moments when you feel like writing to me. India was forced to contend against Pakistan in the wake of the genocide in the then East Pakistan.
This letter shows the strained relationship that existed between the judiciary and the executive. Sikri Chief Justice of India 5. The Allahabad High Court judgement intensified political activity across the country and the subsequent period became politically turbulent—leading ultimately to the Emergency being declared on 25 June In view of my findings…this petition is allowed and the election of Indira Nehru Gandhi.
On the expiry of the said period of twenty days or as soon as an appeal is filed in the Supreme Court. Justice Jagmohan Lal Sinha. Part A of the budget speech. This being the case. She observed. The rally at the Boat Club was a mammoth one. A large number of Congress MPs called on Indira Gandhi to express their solidarity and pledged loyalty to her leadership.
The reaction of the Congress to these tactics was unambiguous. JP thundered from Patna. That is. The day after the judgement that is. Dev Kanta Barooah. The President. Indira is India. No one would seriously believe that her victory by a substantial margin could not have come without the services of Yash Pal Kapoor or the construction of rostrums and power supply to loudspeakers by government officers. To the people assembled at the rally. While the court found her guilty on two technical grounds— taking assistance of government officers to construct rostrums and supply power for loudspeakers at two election rallies and taking the assistance of Yash Pal Kapoor.
The dharna went on till he returned on 16 June and heard their demands.
A Western newspaper commented that the judgement was too severe. Krishna Iyer. The Congress decided to meet the challenge in two ways: Justice V. She was allowed to continue as Prime Minister but. He suggested to the Chief Justice of India. By behaving in this manner.
They had to fight to survive. But the opposition was determined not to lose this opportunity. It was then that Indira Gandhi got the much-awaited conditional stay from the Supreme Court. The Prime Minister was entitled to continue in office and she did so according to the law of the land. The opposition parties could have decided to wait for the final judgement of the Supreme Court. Restoration of the rule of law was then clearly not the issue.
Her ability to rake in votes for the Congress remained undisputed. Beg and Justice Y. The unanimous judgement upheld her election from Rae Bareli. Justice H. JP retorted. Battle lines were drawn and both sides geared up. Justice K. Justice Krishna Iyer observed.
Justice M. Chandrachud acquitted her of the charges on which she had been found guilty by the Allahabad High Court. We must prepare to win the war. JP addressed a massive rally at Ramlila Maidan. We have lost a battle. On 25 June JP claimed. I could not tell if he was convinced. He maintained that. Citing the example of Gamal Abdel Nasser in Egypt. In both cases. JP went on to say. If you think in this way you will be able to justify yourself in the public eye and [bring] down the opposition to political perdition you are…mistaken.
He maintained that in Bihar the government was given a chance to settle issues across the table. We had a closed-door meeting after a lunch I hosted for him. The plan was announced at the Ramlila Maidan on 25 June But this issue figured in the minds of other foreign leaders.
The plan was to extend the agitation to other states subsequently. His image had remained intact. In his letter. I had the privilege of meeting the then Finance Minister of Bangladesh. It was no different in Uttar Pradesh. And if there was a legislator who persisted in supporting such a government. In a letter written from jail. It would perhaps be relevant to mention here that there were others.
JP pointed to the mammoth anti-government rallies and processions in Patna. Shortly after the declaration of the Emergency. I do not see what is subversive or dangerous about it. In a democracy. I pointed out to Tajuddin the situational dissimilarities in this comparison.
Tajuddin Ahmad. And how did it decide to do it? Not by rowdyism but by orderly satyagraha. Can parties beaten at the hustings replace a popularly elected government by sheer agitation? Was it not prudent for those who were determined to change the government to wait till the elections which were but round the corner?
Does the rule of law mean that the remedies available to the common man are to be denied to someone holding an elected office? Why did the opposition want Indira Gandhi to resign even before the appeal was heard by the Supreme Court?
Is it not a fact that the Supreme Court permitted Indira Gandhi to continue as Prime Minister against a conditional stay? How does the issue of morality at all arise when allegations causing Indira Gandhi to lose the Allahabad High Court election suit were of a technical nature and no charges of moral turpitude could be established against her?
A closer analysis of the situation provides the answer. Through your henchmen you had rallies and demonstrations being organized in front of your residence begging you not to resign. Disputing the charge made against him of trying to brew trouble within the armed and police forces. Without a doubt. But you did not do it. JP stated that all he had done was to make the men and officers of the forces conscious of their duties and responsibilities.
JP was spearheading the. Not even the scores of commissions set up during the Janata regime could establish these charges. Decline and Fall of Indira Gandhi. He maintained that all his exhortations were within the ambit of law.
Once that is assured. While I had no personal knowledge of this letter. While I do not debate that point. Not a single charge of corruption was established against those whom the opposition implicated as corrupt. Dear Indira Gandhi. You are not immortal. I propose to analyse. India is. JP had contended that if a government was corrupt. You addressed these rallies and justifying your stand.
This movement launched by the opposition parties went on even after the arrest of a large number of leaders and workers of various political parties. I met him only once in at the Gandhi Peace Foundation along withC. I have reason to believe that he was more than justified in having such expectations.
Opposition MPs used the floor of the House to vociferously express their concerns see Appendix 4 for extracts of some speeches in Parliament. To me it appeared to be directionless. The opposition parties were no exception. How could such a man not see through the opportunism of the opposition parties?
And who better than JP to do this at the time? Without JP. We talked about the Naxalite movement. The Lok Sangharsh Samiti. It was believed that the tradition-bound Indian people would expect Indira—the daughter of Nehru—to avoid confrontation with JP—a friend of Nehru—particularly in view of his stature. I found him to be far above petty political games. The communist parties. I did not know JP. He was like a father figure whose views you may not accept but whose advice and strong feelings you could not ignore.
The fact that opposition parties accepted his leadership and joined his total revocation movement had little to do with ideological conviction. The fact that the Congress was defeated in the Gujarat assembly elections in was mainly on account of this movement. Not only personalities. I could not support the movement. Though the press was censored during the Emergency. It was contradictory in that it was a movement fighting against corruption yet composed of people and parties whose integrity was not above board.
This drama had one more. Krishna Kant had organized this meeting. So much so that the country has been debating this action even years after its imposition and withdrawal. Those who had been sceptical of a parliamentary democracy succeeding in India became gleeful at the thought that they had been proven correct. Shah as Chairman. The document of this drama assumes the character of a catharsis.
It is a history which cannot be perceived as a simple trilogy. A number of published books. Like most European commentators of his ilk he. The Emergency was a crucial phase in our parliamentary democracy.
He claims to have remained objective. Those who had bought into the idea of democracy and were enchanted by the Constitution of India and the successful execution of electoral democracy since were rudely shocked. I will discuss the impact of the Emergency on domestic politics in the subsequent narrative.
In their book. As this point in the book. An Eye to India. Mankekar and Kamla Mankekar state: This book presents the scenario of a grave tragedy of the inscrutable hand that gave a twist to the destinies of this country. He did not believe that India could successfully launch and practise a system of parliamentary democracy.
Kuldeep Nayar35 admits that he collected information from various persons. The Judgement. The declaration. After examining the circumstances under which the Emergency was declared. Mankekar and Kamla Mankekar. The Congress and Indira Gandhi had to pay a heavy price for this misadventure.
Cabinet at that time I was a junior minister did not then understand its deep and far-reaching impact. The Judgement: While there is no doubt that it brought with it some major positive changes—discipline in public life. An Eye to India New Delhi. Suspension of fundamental rights and political activity including trade union activity. The Cabinet Committee issued three directives: Immediate arrest of smugglers ordered to be detained but yet absconding.
An Ordinance was promulgated by the President on 1 July The one main difficulty was that the high courts started releasing detainees if even one of the many grounds of detention was found invalid.
Dr Sarojini Mahishi. Minister of State for Home Affairs. On 27 June. Minister of State for Law and Justice. The implication of the judgement was that if just one of the many grounds on which a person was detained was found invalid. I was in Calcutta on the day the Emergency was declared and returned to Delhi by an evening flight on 26 June With the aim of tracing and arresting them. We discussed the economic and enforcement measures needed to tackle the problem.
I set about my job in earnest and launched a battle against economic offences as I had been instructed. The book is highly recommended. Dec 17, Vikas Datta rated it really liked it. Interesting take on a most tumultuous decade that still casts a shadow on Indian polity but the account gets a little disjointed going back in forth in relating the dramatic events and the continuity gets tangled.
Also the repeated featuring of a panel of names is somewhat jarring. Also makes a couple or so on avoidable errors such as in the chapter on the Bangladesh war, we learn that Punjabis and Afghans? But overall an instructive and informative read of high p Interesting take on a most tumultuous decade that still casts a shadow on Indian polity but the account gets a little disjointed going back in forth in relating the dramatic events and the continuity gets tangled.
But overall an instructive and informative read of high politics of the age where Indian democracy faced and surmounted a major challenge to its existence Looking forward to the next installments I read this book with lot of expectations since I had good respect for Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, but the book didnt live upto the expectation.
The author clearly has shied away from providing candid views and was more of appeasement view. Either I misunderstood Mr. Mukherjee personality that it came as a shock to me or he has written this with political views in mind. Also the book is not very chronological. It went back and forth on the events and it made me skim through certain sections. The book I read this book with lot of expectations since I had good respect for Mr. The book is also lot of Congress view of the world and not the India view of the decade.
Jun 29, Siddhartha Das rated it did not like it. Such sycophancy this book is. No political analysis of any kind. No insightful commentary. He plans to write two more volumes.
I request Rupa Books not to publish them if the level of writing remains the same. Worst choice of book in this summer. Nov 18, Kinjal Shah rated it it was ok. A must read to understand why our country's progress is still slow. Pranab Mukherjee has vividly explained all the events with data, however, he failed to mention Indian citizens.
Clearly, if those figures got time from that drama then something could have been done for the country. Jan 01, Deepak Rao rated it it was ok Shelves: Read it only if you're interested in Congress's history. Dec 16, Lakshmisha K S rated it did not like it. The worst book ever. Mukherjee he is praise himself and Congress party leaders of Gandhi Family.
Gandhi Family he done good thing About Dalit he used Harijan word, it is absurd and show lack knowledge about Indian society and history. He is self proclaimed intellectual in his book. He is not infallible man Nov 21, Jaskaran Singh rated it really liked it.
Pranab Da is a person who is undervalued in Indian Politics. Having spanned 5 decades in politics of India, he surely is one of those leaders who are respected by all parties. This book gives a different persepective of Emergency period.
Dec 22, Sumit Mishra rated it liked it Shelves: Book gives a Congressmen's highly one sided opinion by the author, who served with the longest reigning and the most powerful family in Indian politics. Indira is so much at the center of the book that sometimes it feels like a "Indira and India" for all the dramatism of the years Mar 04, Suresh Nair rated it really liked it. A wonderful chronology of Indian politics which gives a good picture of about 5 decades. The reader will have a clear outlook of the formative India and can judge the present post governments' loafty claims.
Apr 07, Satyajit Roy rated it liked it. A well versed manuscript of a certain period in Indian politics. Full of political information but it seems more or less one sided story. The way of writing isn't that much attractive to make you turn the page. Apr 15, Sambasivan rated it liked it. Ok read. It is a diary of events. I was looking for insights but there were only a few of them. The events by themselves were quite historic though. Shri Mukherjee, being an important protagonist and an insider privy to the information of Indira Gandhi's camp, divulges many interesting developments of the period.
Jan 14, Payal Rana rated it it was amazing. The Dramatic Decade focuses on one of the most interesting periods in the life of India, the decade of the s.
The book has some really good insights and gives you a good sense of the politics and politicians of the s and ,s. In his Mr. Pranab Mukherjee deals with several important things that defined India during and its effect on Indian economy as refugees had to be taken care of by a government which was itself short of cash and food grains and the trouble it caused in Beng The Dramatic Decade focuses on one of the most interesting periods in the life of India, the decade of the s.
Pranab Mukherjee deals with several important things that defined India during and its effect on Indian economy as refugees had to be taken care of by a government which was itself short of cash and food grains and the trouble it caused in Bengal Congress politics, due to the war with Pakistan. This was when India was engaging with the true meaning of democracy.
Than between and , during the Emergency, she found herself grappling with the limits of personal expression. The Emergency is one of the most controversial and the darkest periods of independent India's history.
The 21 month Emergency period was long and intensive, enough to leave permanent scars. The emergency was imposed on June 25, when the president passed an ordinance about how the state was in danger. All the fundamental rights were suspended, politicians were arrested and a heavy censorship was imposed on the media. Today, 40 years after the imposition, it is still remembers the trauma the citizens underwent.
Pranab Mukherjee. He discloses that Indira Gandhi was not aware of the Constitutional provisions allowing for declaration of Emergency that was imposed in and it was Siddartha Shankar Ray who led her into the decision. The book deals with how Indira Gandhi turns from heroine of to villain of the Emergency in Emergency in it is a hot topic of discussion today also. Feb 12, Dr Nitin Rai Vohra rated it liked it. Great book if you want to know the Indira Gandhi era Though I am not a congress fan I loved Pranav da's narration of the "glorious times" This is supposedly the first of a triology.
Looking forward to the books ahead in the series Oct 20, Prashanth rated it liked it. An average read. If you are expecting some inside information on the happenings during emergency, then you might be disappointed.
The book provides clarity from Congress' perspective on what led to the emergency and the events that triggered the Indira Gandhi govt's collapse and its eventual rise to power in the elections. DO NOT expect any drama in the book. It is a very plain narrative of the split and formation of Congress I.
Pranab keeps talking about the party's split and how he st An average read. Pranab keeps talking about the party's split and how he stood with Indira Gandhi throughout. If you are interested in knowing about the political events of Congress from Pranab's perspective from , then this is the book.
Nothing great about it , if you ask me. I bought this book for 98 bucks. So i was okay with it. If you are planning to buy it for its original price, I would say it's not worth it.
Find a better book!!! Jan 20, Kanti Brahma rated it liked it. The dramatic decade attempts to uncover the dramatic events of s in a undramatic fashion. Book this book, despite coming from a person deeply involved in the political events of the country, fails to uncover the relatively unknown aspects of the decade. Rather the author has relied on parliamentary records, articles of some renowned newspapers to substantiate his point, consequently the book appears more of an unbiased academic piece of work rather than a story by an insider.
The book also s The dramatic decade attempts to uncover the dramatic events of s in a undramatic fashion. The book also straddle across different time frames which might make the author confused in some occasions. It is an average read. Helps you to look at the political events of s from Congress's point of view. However the book stays away from all possible controversial episode making it a bland read.
Nov 08, Anil Swarup rated it liked it. The author is candid in admitting that the emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi "was perhaps an avoidable event". Yet he defends Indira Gandhi and her actions otherwise as a die hard supporter would. There are some more admissions in the book," in Haryana we made a mistake by allowing Bhajan Lal to switch over to the Congress I with his team".
He doesn't shy from appreciating his opponents: Vajpayee and L. Advani, did well for themselves, both as M The author is candid in admitting that the emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi "was perhaps an avoidable event". Advani, did well for themselves, both as Ministers and leaders".
Pranab Mukherjee was privy to some crucial discussions and discussion and uses the information to good effect without embarrassing anyone. Still, the book , apart from a few occasions, does not provide for a gripping narration.
Dec 12, Amit Tiwary rated it liked it Shelves: An honest attempt by Pranab da. Hope other two upcoming books of the series are better done that this one.
A good historical perspective on the s, the book is biased towards Congress and specifically Indira Gandhi. Definitely this is a good read as it gives the political perspective and scenario from the other side. We have heard a lot about emergency and the aftermath but this book covers the drama as it was seen by Pranab Mukherjee himself.
What I understood from the book is that Pranab Mukherjee is a politician more than a people's leader. His political carrier also depicts the same. In his ent A good historical perspective on the s, the book is biased towards Congress and specifically Indira Gandhi. In his entire political carrier he was in Rajya Sabha for consecutive term and only twice elected for Lok Sabha.
Feb 12, Haran Prasanna rated it liked it. A flash back of a part our history in a congress man view! Pranab Mukherje tried a lot to prove if not the emergency was imposed by Indra Gandhi, how India might have been affected badly in so many ways with so many statistics.
He describes the bravery of Indra Gandhi with so many examples and how she bounced back after so many set backs she faced. He was like a shadow of her and he proudly admits in such a way that that was his great achievement. The formation of Bangladesh has been nicely brou A flash back of a part our history in a congress man view! The formation of Bangladesh has been nicely brought out in this book, however, that is also in a congress man view. Worth reading. The author has described events in a chronological order and has used simple language, thought he narrative is monotonous.
It is a good read to get an idea of the events taking shape in the "Dramatic Decade" 70s. This book doesn't only give the idea of the political scenario of Indian politics of those times but alos gives glimpses of the thought of though process of predominantly the author and other political figures in general.
I would recommend it to familiarize yourself with the politic The author has described events in a chronological order and has used simple language, thought he narrative is monotonous. I would recommend it to familiarize yourself with the political landscape and the politicians. Mar 26, Gautam Shukla rated it liked it. This is first of the three books to be penned by Mr Mukherje. An account of happenings in India during which led to impositions of Emergency and the aftermath.
What comes out of this book is not the story of nation building the cause for which the leaders are supposed to be working. It is more of fights to be at the center of power - to manage the opposition and the junta. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers Also Enjoyed. About Pranab Mukherjee. Pranab Mukherjee is an Indian politician who was the 13th President of India. A man of unparalleled experience in governance, he has the rare distinction of having served at different times as Foreign, Defence, Commerce and Finance Minister.
He was a member of the Congress Working Committee, the highest policy making body of the Party for a period of 23 years. Books by Pranab Mukherjee.
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