The Indian prime minister has called on an anti-corruption activist to end his hunger-strike after millions of people united behind his campaign.
Anna Hazare, 74, has not eaten for ten days in his protest against a flurry of corruption scandals that have engulfed the government led by the Congress Party.
His direct peaceful action has caught the imagination of India’s huge middle-class and the admiration of at least one Bollywood film star.
Om Puri said: ‘Anna Hazare reminds us of Mahatma Gandhi. He is like a reincarnation of Mahatma Gandhi. We can call him a Mahatma Gandhi of the 21st century.’
The prime minister said that parliament should debate Hazare’s proposals and also wants him to start eating again.
Manmohan Singh said: ‘I respect his idealism and therefore I would urge Anna Hazare to end this fast.’
Hazare has lost 7 kilos since beginning his hunger strike. He said if all parties agree to his demands, he will consider ending the fast but not the protest.