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

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THE EMERGENCY-Not Just a Memory

Not Just a Memory TWENTY years after the imposition of the Emergency, both those who perpetrated it and those who were its victims are remembering the occasion. The former found an opportunity when they gathered at Delhi's Shantivana on June 23 to pay homage to one of the chief architects of the rule of terror at that time, Sanjay Gandhi, who died in an air- crash that day 15 years ago. Graced by some of his leading partners and acolytes during his regime (Jagdish Tytler, Sheila Kaul, Maneka Gandhi and, of course, the ever- enigmatic member of the Indira Gandhi- Congress family whose presence is almost obligatory nowadays at every official and non-official function, Sonia Gandhi), the gathering was addressed by prime minister Narasimha Rao who recalled approvingly Sanjay Gandhi's notorious five-point programme and stressed its relevance today. But for Indians who still remember those days of the mid-1970s, what should be relevant is that under the birth control measures of Sanjay Gandhi's five-point programme, thousands of men and women were foreibly sterilised, maimed, mangled and killed.

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