Midnight's Children: An Interrogation of Emergency
Keywords:Constitution, Democracy, Emergency, Dictator, fundamenatal right,
This paper attempts to address the Emergency as the darkest period of Indian democracy with reference to Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children. Indira Gandhi who was found guilty of electoral malpractices by Allahabad High Court, in her pursuit of power imposed emergency in the country on June 25, 1975. It lasted till March 21, 1977. She turned dictator during this period. The Emergency robbed Indian politics of idealism and sincerity of Nehruvian politics. It created political and civic unrest throughout the country. The Opposition leaders were put behind the bars. The freedom of the press was censored. Forced sterilization was carried out in the country.