The Struggle Within: A Memoir of the Emergency
Author: Ashok Chakravarti
Publisher: HarperCollins India
Date: June 2021
No. of Pages: 256
Price: £15.99 / $25.95
The Emergency lasted from 1975 to 1977. It was Independent India’s darkest hour. Over 150,000 people are said to have been arrested and kept in prison without trial for almost two years. The number of people killed in police firings or otherwise eliminated is unknown but could run into thousands. As many as eleven million are said to have been subjected to forcible family planning measures, including vasectomy.
The heroes were many, says author Ashok Chakravarti. Mostly, they were unknown. The Struggle Within is the unputdownable account of that time from one of those who fought against the Emergency and was part of the underground movement himself. Powerful, moving and revealing, this will count as one of the major accounts of that time.
Ashok Chakravarti is an economist who has been providing policy advice to countries, mainly in the African region, for the past forty years. He is the author of books published in the UK and USA, which focus on the central role of institutions in economic development. He is currently Senior Economic Advisor to the Government of Zimbabwe, based in Harare.