On the 46th anniversary of the imposition of Emergency, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called it "dark days", while Home Minister Amit Shah calls it "murder" of democracy for lust and arrogance of power.
A smorgasbord of rights violations is aided by the dysfunctionality of legislatures. Dispiritingly, the Supreme Court is unable to enforce its own enlightened judgments in favour of individual rights against the state.
As the Indian Republic draws to 70, the hopes and dreams lie in vibrant debate. The challenge will lie in addressing the yearning for identity in a way consistent with the practices of democracy, writes Mahesh Rangarajan