We were living in the campus of Sainik School near Trivandrum (now called Thiruvananthapuram) the capital of Kerala state. So, we were quite cut off from the humdrum of the real world outside. But one thing I remember is that the transport bus that plied near our house was punctual like never before. There wasn't one day it was cancelled. There were no strikes, government machinery functioned so smoothly.
Much of north India suffered mainly because of Indira Gandhi's wayward younger son Sanjay. The one incident that rattled Kerala was what became known as the Rajan case. He was an engineering college student who went missing. He was -- it is still widely believed -- picked up by the police for his political activities and beaten up. He finally died. His body was never found.
Karunakaran, the home minister in the Achuta Menon's CPI-led ministry, was wildly held responsible. After Emergency was lifted, stories of police atrocities began to be serialised in newspapers and magazines. They read like thrillers. Unique torture techniques employed by police became the talk of the town.
No harm ever came to any of the accused, at least as far as I know. Everyone escaped. Police officers like Jayaram Padikkal got promotions. Karunakaran has prospered so much --- his greed has still not seen its end --- that the next many, many generations will never ever have to worry about anything in their lives!!!