Professor Christophe Jaffrelot, from the King’s India Institute, and co-author Pratinav Anil have been longlisted for the 2021 Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay New India Foundation Book Prize.
Their book, India's First Dictatorship: The Emergency, 1975–1977, sheds light on “one of the darkest moments in India’s history.”
It focuses on the period during 1975 when Prime Minister Indira Ghandi called a state of emergency, resulting in a 21-month suspension of democracy. Drawing on multiple new sources, they explore this chapter of India’s history: a constitutional dictatorship of unequal impact, with South India largely spared thanks to the resilience of Indian federalism.
Beginning in 2018, the prize is given in recognition of non-fiction literature on modern and contemporary India. This includes books that showcase a "compelling picture of the diverse narratives which embody independent India’s cultural, political, and social milieu."
I feel honored and so happy for my young co-author, Pratinav Anil, as well as for my publisher, Hurst.– Professor Christophe Jaffrelot