How many young people have heard of the Emergency?
At more “progressive” spaces, buzzed revolutionaries hold forth on more important struggles – such as the battle for net neutrality – over such mainstream political fare.
None of this is surprising. On this day 40 years ago, when the-then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi plunged the country’s democracy into darkness, more than 60% of India wasn’t even born. No one saw the epoch-making speeches by JP, the defiant editorials or the macabre spectre of forced sterilisations – the millenials weren’t even compelled to read about it because the communal horrors of the 90s filled up newsprint much before