ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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How the Regime Keeps Dissent at Bay

It would be wrong to say that there is an undeclared state of Emergency in India today. The regime simply uses devices such as the colonial law on sedition, the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, and so on to keep dissent at bay.

Civil rights groups observed 26 June – the anniversary of the declaration of a state of Emergency on that day in 1975 – to highlight the current state of civil liberties in the country. Does an undeclared state of Emergency prevail in India today? The civil rights movement largely owes its rebirth to the Emergency declared by Indira Gandhi 37 years ago and hence it was perhaps natural that the civil liberties groups assess the current state in terms of the conditions that existed then.

1975 and Now

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