I remember thousands of people shunned any fear of arrest and coordinating protests against the Government.
In every sense, the anti-Emergency protests demonstrated a true mass movement that involved people from all sections of society.
Long lines for essential commodities and families struggling to make ends meet had become very common.
Corruption had become a part and parcel of those occupying the high offices.
In JP we saw a fresh ray of hope, a star that could end the misery of the disadvantaged sections of society.
It was on his call that the entire country got united to resist this Constitutional savagery.A striking facet of the anti-Emergency protests was the participation of the youth across the nation to resist tyranny and authoritarianism.Just like the Freedom Struggle in 1942, we had a situation in which all senior social and political leaders were arrested.It finally took a little less than 2 years and combined might of the people of India for the rulers to realize their mistake. Gandhi who was till then considered invincible was comprehensively rejected through the ballot.It is also heartening to share that Gujarat played a major role not only in the build up but also in the protests against the Emergency.This Emergency was the final assault of an insensitive Government intoxicated with power, one that had become completely disconnected from the very people that voted it to office.The nation reeled under extreme price rise as the promise of ‘Garibi Hatao’ seemed both a distant memory and a cruel joke played on the people of this Country.During the Emergency, the people of India showed yet again they were not those who could take such things lying down.No sooner was the Emergency imposed than the murmurs of discontent began to spread, which eventually turned into the mammoth anti-Emergency movement that resisted tooth and nail this lethal assault on values of freedom and democracy.Indira Gandhi clamped down a state of emergency across the nation.The very basic tenets of free speech and democracy on which our great founding fathers created this nation suddenly came under cloud.