25th June 1975 is remembered as one of the darkest day of the Indian Democracy. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declared the state of ‘Emergency’ across the country on this day which continued for a period of 19 months from 25th June 1975 to 21st March 1977. Then President Fakruddin Ali Ahmed on the advice of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had issued Emergency under article 352 of the Indian Constitution citing internal disturbance.
During the 19 months period, elections across the country were suspended and civil liberties were curbed as most of Gandhi’s opponent were jailed and the press was censored.
Here is a look at the Darkest Period of Indian History in Pictures:
Indira Gandhi announcing on the All India Radio (AIR) about the imposition of Emergency by President Fakruddin Ali Ahmed.
Newspaper Front Page on 26th July 1975:
Oppositions Rally at Ram Leela Maidan a day before the announcement of Emergency.
Security Forces arresting opposition leaders like Jai Prakash Narayan, George Fernandes during Emergency.
Destruction of the slum and low-income housing in the Turkmen Gate and Jama Masjid area of old Delhi.
Media opposing Censorship during Emergency.
Indira Gandhi holding cabinet meeting during Emergency.