It was an 18-month period between 1975 and 1977 when the President of India, upon advice from the Prime Minister, declared a state of emergency and urged citizens to alter their normal behavior because it suspended elections and civil liberties.
According to the government, the Emergency was declared because of threats to national security, as a recent war with Pakistan had just been concluded. Also, because the recent strikes and protests had paralyzed the economy. However, the Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, was charged with corruption and was forced to resign from her position.
And in order to keep herself in power, the Prime Minister declared a State of Emergency and suspended all elections and civil liberties.
The effects of the Indian Emergency had been increased poverty, corruption, and discrimination (both class and gender based).
AIDS in Africa
The HIV/AIDS epidemic is a contentious issue that is quickly spreading throughout Africa.
Africa is the most highly affected region in the world.
This is a problem not only among the adults but also the children.
So far 17 million have died, 25 million may follow.
HIV and AIDS more heavily affect Sub-Saharan Africa than any other region of the world. An estimated 24.5 million people were living with HIV at the end of 2005 and approximately 2.7 million new infections occurred during that year. In just the past year the epidemic has claimed the lives of an estimated 2 million people in this region. AIDS has orphaned more than twelve million children.
The AIDS in Africa issue has the same effects on the people of Africa as the Indian Emergency had on the people of India.
Two different time periods, two different societies, and two completely different issues (one political the other naturally induced), yet they share the same effects.
AIDS in Africa has increased poverty with the dying of those who are responsible for economic growth. Discrimination has also increased with the presence of this epidemic. And to compound matters, it has also increased corruption. Often money that is sent as aid for this volatile crisis never reaches the sick that are filling the hospitals and streets. CORRUPTION is feeding off of the aid that is being sent to cure this epidemic.
Reason Behind This Thread
I recently did an English project on these issues and have learned a lot in the process and felt like sharing a small portion of it.
So tonight when we our enjoying ourselves at our New Year's parties, I just want everyone of us to take a small moment and remember those who are unfortunate enough to not be able to enjoy themselves this New Year and those who in history have not enjoyed themselves on New Year. And maybe, just maybe, each of us can look forward to start off this new year creating a mental plan in our heads and promising ourselves to commit a small portion of our earning in helping the unfortunate. And if you already do, kudos to you.
Thanks for reading...