The legacy of Indira Gandhi’s Emergency4 min read . Updated: 27 Jun 2018, 07:36 AM IST
It would be a mistake to think that the Emergency is an artefact of the past. The structural changes it wrought in the democratic structure are still apparent
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s re-election earlier this week marks the beginning of his imperial presidency. His authoritarian instincts will now have constitutional backing. A referendum last year narrowly endorsed changes that are set to come into force after the election. They range from giving him the power to intervene in the legal system to the power to impose a state of emergency. Erdogan is in good company. Russia’s Vladimir Putin is conspicuously indifferent to Western criticism as his country enjoys the prestige of hosting the World Cup. And with his recent electoral victory, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has the look of a man who is considering just how far he can go in cementing power.
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