Relevance of Internal Emergency in India’s Political History
post of PM but her son Sanjay Gandhi convinced her that if she resigned now, she would never get the power back. Instead he told her to fight it out and challenge the decision.
Most of the important leaders of Opposition were put under arrest including JP, Raj Narain, Morarji Desai, Choudhary Charan Singh, J Kriplani,
points of this programme were: the sterilization drive and the beautification of New Delhi through clearance of slums occupied by refugees and poor people in and around Turkman Gate neighbourhood.
Significance of the Movie’s Title
Indu’s personal life gets drawn into the political backdrop as she tries to please her ambitious husband, who further wants to impress his boss, with her poems. The politically driven Indians can hardly miss the contrast the storyteller wants us to see with the other beti (lady) of India: Indira Gandhi. Mrs Indira Gandhi, who was fondly known as Indu by her father and close friends, was caught between her personal and political life. Her failing marriage with her not so liked in the Nehru household, husband Feroze Gandhi and her duties towards her Prime Minister Father’s household were well known to many well-wishers of the family.
Sanjay and his cronies were blamed by the older Congress party leaders as the main cause behind the wrongs of Emergency. He dealt with all the important Cabinet Ministers instead of his mother, snubbed them as and when he wished, named them buffoons and gave them orders as if he was the PM. What was surprising was their submissive stance about this dynastic stand of the PM of world’s greatest Democracy! The director and esp. Neil Nitin Mukesh (the actor playing Sanjay Gandhi in the movie) succeed to create the uncanny calmness of his character while taking extremely harsh and unprecedented decisions on the spur of the moment! The irony of the situation hits you the most when he tells another character” Chaploosi chodo aur desh seva me dhyan do.” (Stop pleasing me and focus on the nation’s development.)
1. History repeats itself at some or the other time.
2. There are no permanent Ideologies in Politics, just as international relations; there are only permanent interests.
3. Multi Party systems and Democracy may not always be the best forms of governance dedicated to safeguard the interests of people.
4. The independence of Judiciary from the Executive and the freedom of press need to be respected and used judiciously to enhance the polity rather than suppressing the voice of the people.
5. Programmes related to public development such as family planning, eradication of poverty need assertive but radical ways of implementation.
For a country which had fought against the British rulers and declared to the world its tryst with destiny at the stroke of midnight, the Emergency was really the darkest hour as the same democratically elected government arrested its own people and curtailed constitutionally granted rights for their own vested interests.
The same Congress party which has become the most ineffective Opposition party in today’s Parliament was once again re-elected by the people of India on whom they had imposed so many atrocities during the Emergency.
The charges of Corruption levied could not be proved in totality by the Shah Commisssion ordered against the mother-son duo for the excesses done by their government during Emergency.
politician like Chief !?
Both seem to be in a hurry to prove their leadership skills
Both want their country to rule the world.
Both believe in indigenous things.
Both were responsible for a clean sweep of their parties in General Elections.
Both have succeeded in limiting the Opposition to a meager number in the Parliament.
May be the difference lies in the roots.
Some people are born great while some have greatness thrust upon them and another variety attains greatness through their environment.