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Emergency

Panjab's Emergency: Formal and Informal
28.06.18 - AMANDEEP SANDHU

What is Emergency:

In India, Emergency or President's Rule refers to special provisions invoked by the central government by which citizen's rights are suspended when the state imposes direct control of the central government under Article 356 of Part 18 of the Indian constitution.
 
The then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi from the Congress invoked these special powers on June 25, 1975 and revoked them on March 21, 1977 to impose Emergency on India. In short, an Emergency means that the government is a dictatorship, will do what it wants, and is not accountable to the people. 

Context:

A cartoon by MNS chief Raj Thackeray 
 
These days once again there is great talk about Emergency. In part because the Bhartiya Janata Party, led by the incumbent Prime Minister, keeps raising the spectre of President’s Rule to convince people that Congress is draconian. This year even the on leave for health reasons Finance Minister jumped in to ...
  



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