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Congress eats humble pie after hunger strike

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Congress eats humble pie after hunger strike


Indian politics as usual has been shaken by the ultimate outsider; a 74 year old activist and anti-corruption campaigner, who claims part of the Gandhian heritage.

13 days of hunger strike are over. Triumph is complete where once there was arrest and detention. The huge crowds that mobilised in his defence have made Anna Hazare a bull thrown into the cosy Delhi setup.

He has moved a Congress party government to meekly climb down and accept all his demands; he and his tens of thousands of followers and friends on newly-networked India who mobilised and caught the government on the hop.

“This is a victory for the people, this is not Anna alone; everyone here is with him and it is the victory of our people,” said one young female activist.

The pro-Hazare crowds were national, and in numbers these demonstrations are the biggest in decades, but if having mobile comms makes you middle class in India, then some suggest this may be their moment to seize a slice of political power.

Until this middle class revolt, celebrating the end of the fast is the first priority for the Hazare supporters. Where the movement goes next

is for another day.

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