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Indian students in Chicago protest Indira Gandhi’s emergency rule

Compiled by Alice Itty Email Compiled by Alice Itty
June 2016
Indian students in Chicago protest Indira Gandhi’s emergency rule


Snapshots from Indian-American history
this month, that year


June 26, 1975
—A flyer advertises a meeting to “Protest Indira Gandhi’s Subversion of Democracy” on five charges, including the imposition of emergency, suspension of constitutional rights, media censorship, arrest of political leaders and newspaper editors.

Several quotations are included from an AP report in the Chicago Sun-Times, describing the arrests and the motivations behind Gandhi’s actions. The flier, by Indian students, is dated June 26, 1975, the day the Gandhi-led government declared the state of emergency. The meeting was held at Foster Lounge in Chicago at 4 p.m.

Alice Itty is a volunteer for the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA). She currently works for the Alliance for Downtown New York. This column’s material is from SAADA. https://www.saada.org/.

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