Indira Gandhi’s Cabinet: The Emergency

Chair: Chai Vankireddy

Vice Chair: Michelle Park

The Emergency, imposed on June 25, 1975, was a 21-month long state of emergency. The Emergency was placed in response to an “underlying conspiracy” plaguing the nation which was allegedly delegitimizing the rule of Indira Gandhi. Simultaneously, India was facing economic problems, humanitarian rights issues, and political unrest. However, the emergency did little to aid these issues. Under the emergency, civil liberties were compromised, opposition was silenced, and Indira Gandhi’s will was unbridled. This committee will focus on the inner workings of Indira Gandhi’s cabinet, attempting to solve key social issues within the country and maintain the power of the Indian National Congress Party (R).


Meet Your Chair


Chai is a senior originally from Seattle, Washington. Although she loves MUN, she usually finds herself in STEM related activities. That doesn’t mean she’s good at them though. Catch her in labs dropping pipettes, breaking beakers, and slipping on her own messes. She plays the viola fairly poorly (with her vice-chair) and does other uninteresting things as well. In her free time she likes to make jokes nobody seems to understand and sleep. She likes to think of herself as a Harvey Specter but is much more like Louis (if you know what she means). She’s excited to be your next chair.