India is the largest democracy in the world. And, commonly, a democracy is referred to as a government of the people, for the people, and by the people.
Under the reign of a powerful democracy, the public is the king. They choose their representatives, who are accountable to and derive power from them. However, when the elected government becomes autocratic and totalitarian, sidelining constitutional practices and, deranging the very fabric of the country then anarchy is bound to take over. And, so happened in India in 1975, when former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi imposed an emergency in the country for the temptation of power.
On the midnight of 25th June, India woke up to the darkest phase in the country’s History- ‘the emergency’. Dr. A. Surya Prakash, former Prasar Bharati Chairman recalls that fateful day as “the day when India lost the core of its constitution and the democratic way of life.” Today marks the 46th anniversary of the day.
Former Prasar Bharati Chairman Dr. A. Surya Prakash’s exclusive interview with Prasar Bharati News Service where he had shared invaluable insights.