Emergency 1975

BCCL

Surviving Emergency: Midnight Knocks And Days On The Run

My parent's defiance came at a personal price. Frustrated upon not finding us, the "unknown mob", as Sanjay Gandhi's hooligans were vaguely referred to by officials, raided our house in Lucknow and looted whatever little we had. What they didn't loot, they burned in our courtyard - furniture, clothes, books, all my toys. I did not get any more toys throughout my childhood, and almost 20 years later when I earned my first salary, I bought a big teddy for myself.