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28 Aug, 2011

Victory for People’s democracy – Hindustan Times

After 12 days of drama, diatribe and dialogue, social activist Anna Hazare announced the withdrawal of his fast that started on August 16, as thousands cheered at Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan, and many more hailed the ‘victory’ across the country. Hazare has lost seven kg as he survived only on water for 300 hours, but showed little signs of crumbling.

The relatively unknown social worker from Maharashtra captured the imagination of large parts of India, as people marched onto the streets in a rare show of sustained support, even calling in comparisons with Mahatma Gandhi.

The 74-year-old Hazare’s demands for a stronger anti-corruption institution of lokpal also led to a deadlock between him and the government, since several of his demands conflicted with constitutional provisions and appeared impracticably ambitious.

via People’s democracy – Hindustan Times.