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India's State of Emergency

In 1975 Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declared a state of emergency after a challenge to her political authority. Slum clearances and mass sterilisation programmes followed.

In 1975, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declared a state of emergency to avoid a challenge to her political authority. Civil rights were suspended - and the abuses that followed ranged from slum clearances to mass sterilisation programmes. Delhi businessman Zaheer Pansari spoke to Witness about his memories of the time.

(Photo: Billboards advertising sterilisation. BBC copyright)

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