In the Name of Democracy: Jp Movement and the Emergency

In the Name of Democracy: Jp Movement and the Emergency Not a very authentic book on the emergency period But if you read it keeping in mind the author s political inclinations then it can become quite informative. Though a few books exist on the emergency per se, this is the first attempt to critically analyse it in tandem with thw JP movement Mapping the course of events in these years, Bipan Chandra finds that while both Jayaprakash Narayan and Indira Gandhi ostensibly sought to protect democracy, the manner in which their political efforts were played out went against the grain of it, adversely influencing and posing a dilemme for postpolitics in India This book is pretty scary Although I wouldn t trivialize the Emergency by comparing it with what s going on in India today, some sections came pretty fucking close to current events. For the first time, a well balanced book about the JP Movement and the Emergency that it provoked All the other accounts I have read deify or demonize one or the other Bipan Chandra analyzes the causes for the movement, it s principal actors, and its nature The author presents, very convincingly, that JP himself was not very clear about the goals and even methods of the movement Having a limited presence outside Bihar, JP relied on a motley band of organizations for support and organizatio For the first time, a well balanced book about the JP Movement and the Emergency that it provoked All the other accounts I have read deify or demonize one or the other Bipan Chandra analyzes the causes for the movement, it s principal actors, and its nature The author presents, very convincingly, that JP himself was not very clear about the goals and even methods of the movement Having a limited presence outside Bihar, JP relied on a motley band of organizations for support and organization Of them the Congress O , the Sarvodayaites, the RSS, Naxalites and Anand Margis there was a real danger of the movement turning fascist with there being a real risk of the RSS hijacking the movement.As for the Emergency, while not defending it, the author emphasizes that while it was bad, it not not as bad as other Authoritarian and Totalitarian regimes, contemporary or past He postulates that Indira Gandhi called off the Emergency, when she realized that too much power was accumulated in the hands of Sanjay Gandhi, her son, and that the Emergency itself was in danger of spinning out of control into an Authoritarian, Totalitarian and potentially a Fascist regime.All in all an excellent book for those interested in the Emergency and its causes JP Narayan led the first notable political revolution in the post independence India and this books takes you through the journey of this revolution Indira Gandhi s total seizure of control and then the total loss of it Then the book highlights the very fragmented political opposition to congress which eventually could not stand against Congress or Indira Gandhi.


About the Author: Bipan Chandra

Bipan Chandra born 1928 is an Indian historian, specialising in economic and political history of modern India He has specialized on the national movement He is considered an authority on Modern Indian History and is one of its most popular scholars Source for information Wikipedia and for the Author s photograph Penguin


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