In the Name of Democracy: JP Movement and the Emergency

In the Name of Democracy: JP Movement and the Emergency

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Book Name: In the Name of Democracy: JP Movement and the Emergency

Book Author: Bipan Chandra

‘When Jayaprakash Narayan, the leader of the JP movement in north India, pressed for the resignation of PM Indira Gandhi, it prompted her to impose internal Emergency.

In this fascinating account, the author Bipan Chandra traces the events that led up to this moment and makes some startling revelations. He finds that there was a real danger of the JP movement turning fascist, given the fuzzy ideology of Total Revolution, its confused leadership, and dependence on the RSS for its organization.

At the same time, despite the authoritarianism inherent in the Emergency, particularly with the rising power of Sanjay Gandhi and his Youth Congress brigade, Indira Gandhi did end it and call for elections.

Finely argued, original and incisive, this book “In the Name of Democracy: JP Movement and the Emergency” offers significant insight into those turbulent years and joins the ever-relevant debate on the acceptable limits of popular protest in a democracy.

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About the Author

Bipan Chandra is the bestselling author including India’s Struggle for Independence, History of Modern India, India Since Independence, Adhunik Bharat Ka Itihas, and India After Independence: 1947-2000. He was a prolific writer, who founded the journal Enquiry and wrote several books on colonialism, nationalism, and communalism in modern India.

Bipan Chandra was born in Himachal Pradesh(Kangra). He was educated at Forman Christian College, Lahore and at Stanford University, California. He was the professor of modern history at JNU(Jawaharlal Nehru University), New Delhi, member of the University Grants Commission and chairman of the National Book Trust.

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