Thursday, August 18, 2011


On Tuesday I posted about the case of Anna Hazare, and Indian anti-corruption activist who was arrested (along with 1300 of his followers) for attempting to stage a public hunger strike against corruption. The government clearly hoped that this would shut down his protest. Instead, it has turned it into a movement, with anti-corruption protests breaking out across India. Last night they attempted to wiggle out of their mistake by releasing Hazare, but he refused to leave jail until permission was granted for his protest. And now, the government has been forced to back down on that too.

Its a wonderful example of how people can change things if they stand up to the government. And hopefully, with the momentum that has already been built up, India will get a real anti-corruption law, rather than the put-off the government was planning.