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Hazare shames Indian government into action

Hazare shames Indian government into action
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Self-styled Gandhian activist Anna Hazare, whose campaign against corruption sparked some of

India’s biggest anti-government protests in decades, says he will end a 13-day hunger strike on Sunday.

The 74-year-old Anna Hazare has been the figurehead for a groundswell in the urban and middle class of revulsion at corruption.

Now parliament has met his key demands, passing landmark anti-corruption legislation in a day of debate. By contrast, the ruling Congress party has failed to implement election promises of economic and tax reforms in its two years in power.

That programme is accused of being dragged down by graft, and arguments over inflation. The measures have not even been debated. Congress appears weak, and mobile networks now oil the wheels of protest, posing a potent new political challenge in the rapidly modernising India.