Since the time of its inception, myLaw.net has worked on building a video archive of memories about India’s legal profession. In the process of interviewing some of our subjects – senior advocates and Supreme Court judges – we became aware of the immense shadow cast over the entire legal system by the Emergency.
Deep hurt about the Supreme Court’s abdication of its constitutional responsibility predominated their memories about the 44-week period between 1975 and 1977. But there was also a great deal of pride in some acts of brave dissent.
These memories should not fade. They should continue to influence our view of the professional and constitutional responsibilities of all lawyers.
On the fortieth anniversary of Indira Gandhi’s proclamation of Emergency, we bring you some of these memories that we were privileged to archive. Memories
Of A Surrender is a short film that presents footage from interviews with former judges P.N. Bhagwati and V.R. Krishna Iyer and senior advocates Soli Sorabjee, Ram Jethmalani, Ashok Desai, and Raju Ramachandran.
The Emergency was one of the most significant events of post-independence India – it forever changed the way politics, law and democracy were perceived in India. And now you can hear first hand accounts from the people who were involved and others who witnessed it.