Activist Fasts To Fight Indian Corruption

Aug 19, 2011

In India, anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare has struck a chord with tens of thousands of his countrymen fed up with government malfeasance. He has been fasting and campaigning for a strict anti-corruption law, much stronger than the one the government has proposed. The law would allow for prosecution at all levels, including the prime minister and the judiciary. Government efforts to negotiate with Hazare broke down, and he was arrested earlier this week. That in turn sparked large protests outside the jail where he was being held. Authorities agreed to release him on condition that his hunger strike last no longer than 15 days. On Friday, his supporters are expected to turn out in huge numbers, and he continues his fast at a large outdoor public space in New Delhi. Some are comparing him to Mohandas Gandhi.