Lessons to learn from the Emergency
Lessons from the Emergency retain their pertinence, now more than ever, as we witness a different kind of change in our society, not imposed overnight but creeping up slowly
In a thunderous 1974 address to striking railway workers, George Fernandes called upon them to “realize the strength which you possess. Seven days’ strike of the Indian Railways," he declared, and “every thermal station in the country would close down. A 10 days’ strike…and the industries…would come to a halt…. A 15 days’ strike…and the country will starve." He may or may not have been exaggerating, but crisis was brewing in India.