The Emergency: A Personal History

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Penguin UK, Jun 15, 2016 - Literary Collections - 400 pages
A searing indictment of the suspension of democracy In June 1975, a state of Emergency was declared, where civil liberties were suspended and the press muzzled. In the dark days that followed, Coomi Kapoor, then a young journalist, personally experienced the full fury of the establishment. Meanwhile, Indira Gandhi, her son Sanjay and his coterie unleashed a reign of terror that saw forced sterilizations, brutal evictions in the thousands, and wanton imprisonment of many, including Opposition leaders. This gripping eyewitness account vividly recreates the drama, the horror, as well as the heroism of a few during those nineteen months when democracy was derailed.


About the Author Praise for the Book
Dedication Foreword
Timeline of Events
Darkness at Dawn
The Midnight Knock
The Media Muzzled
A Strange New World
Black Diwali
Ramnath Goenkas Battle
The Enigmatic Empress
JP versus Indira
Sanjay and His Coterie
FivePoint Terror
The Opposition versus Indira
Firebrand Fernandes
The Denouement

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About the author (2016)

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.

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