India’s parliament is considering changing the anti-corruption bill, but that does not go far enough according to activist Anna Hazare, who begins a three-day hunger strike on Tuesday.
Dissatisfied with the weak legislation, Hazare has also threatened to protest against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s ruling Congress Party.
The Lokpall bill would create an anti-corruption ombudsman, and the prime minister has appealed for all parties to support the measure, but Hazare claims this will not be enough to stamp out fraud.
This is the second time this year the 74-year-old is using a hunger strike to draw attention to state corruption. A two-week fast in August drew a crowd of thousands of supporters and Hazare was arrested for breaking a ban on public gatherings in the Delhi park where they rallied.
A follower of the teaching of Mohatma Gandhi, Hazare has often used nonviolent methods of protest to draw attention to his social activism.