India - Politics - Anti-corruption protest Movement
Supporters of veteran social activist Anna Hazare raise slogans in front of his photograph held by one of his supporters on the ninth day of Hazare's fast at Ramlila grounds in New Delhi, India on Wednesday, August 24, 2011. Hazare, a 74-year -old self styled Gandhian, is fasting until death to to demand a bill for creating an autonomous, powerful anti-corruption agency, known as "Lokpal", a campaign that has drawn support from the middle class Indians and seen millions of them protest against the Government. In April, Mr. Hazare gained national attention when he undertook a hunger strike for a Lokpal ? a tactic that forced officials to invite him and his allies to negotiations over legislation to create such an agency. A bill is pending in Parliament, but Mr. Hazare has argued that the legislation is too weak, especially because it exempts the prime minister and
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