Finance Minister Arun Jaitley | (AFP)

It is not possible for anybody to convert a democratic India into a “dictatorship” today, says Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who spent 19 months in prison during the Emergency imposed by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1975.

Looking back at the dark days of the Emergency, the senior BJP leader said that back then, the media had been vulnerable and the police and the bureaucracy were compliant. For the Supreme Court also, the Emergency was its “darkest hour.”

“Is it possible to replicate such a situation now? I have my doubts,” he said. “Today, the media and the polity are strong and so are the global institutions. The world would not accept the largest democracy becoming dictatorial today,” Mr. Jaitley said.