What is the Meaning of National Emergency?

By Shivank Goel|Updated : August 19th, 2022

A national emergency means a state of emergency in a nation that results from a national or international threat to the nation's security. It is basically a situation of national danger or disaster where the Government is vested in certain powers that can empower it to take certain decisions which are normally not permitted. This can happen due to many reasons such as war threats, an armed rebellion, or any external aggression.

Define National Emergency?

A national emergency is a state of emergency in case of a serious threat to the nation's security from domestic or external sources. A state or emergency can be declared by the President when he deems it necessary. In this case, the Government can suspend the normal or regular constitutional procedures in order to regain control of the situation. A national emergency can be declared under Article 352 in case of an external or internal threat, war, or armed rebellion. The phrase armed rebellion was earlier referred to as 'internal disturbance' which was replaced later under the 44th Amendment Act of 1978.

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  • A national emergency is a state of emergency in the country resulting from an inside or outside threat in the form of a war or an armed rebellion. A state of emergency can be declared by the President.

  • A national emergency can be declared by the President under Article 352 when India’s security is threatened in any way.

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