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Timeline | Anna’s fast politics

Timeline | Anna’s fast politics
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First Published: Mon, Aug 29 2011. 10 38 AM IST

Updated: Mon, Aug 29 2011. 10 38 AM IST
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh criticized the “totally misconceived” fast by civil society activist Anna Hazare, whose arrest has sparked nation-wide protests. On Tuesday night, Hazare had refused to leave Tihar jail after the police withdrew the case against him and seven aides.
Here is a timeline of events relating to the campaign over the Jan Lokpal Bill:
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Anna Hazare waves to the crowd during a procession in New Delhi. (AP photo)
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28 August | Need to look beyond Lokpal
Capital Calculus | Anil Padmanabhan
A day after Indian polity bowed to people power, it is a little difficult to tear one’s self away from the heady feeling and look ahead. Tough while it may be, it is nonetheless important, especially if the battle against graft has to be won. (Click here to read full stroy)
28 August | We need a Hazare in the financial sector
Banker’s Trust | Tamal Bandyopadhyay
In the 1990s, the finance ministry used to play a passive role in pushing banks to buy government bonds sold to bridge India’s fiscal deficit. Typically, a bureaucrat would call bank chiefs and ask them to buy bonds. A Reserve Bank of India official, too, would often join the ministry in the so-called moral suasion exercise to make sure that the bond issues sail through. (Click here to read full story)
28 August | Hazare pledges to focus on poll reforms next
Anna Hazare ended his fast after 13 days on Sunday after Parliament acted on public pressure and passed a resolution accepting the social activist’s three key demands to strengthen an anti-graft legislation. (Click here to read full story)
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27 August | Anna to end fast on Sunday
A self-styled Gandhian activist, whose campaign against corruption united millions of Indians, agreed on Saturday to end his 12-day hunger strike after the government agreed to his demands for tougher laws against rampant graft. (Click here to read full story)
27 August | Parliament adopts ‘Sense of the House’ resolution on Lokpal
The Parliament has adopted the “Sense of the House” resolution on three key issues raised by Anna Hazare. (Click here to read full story)
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26 August | Rahul Gandhi joins battle with Hazare
New Delhi: Asserting his newly anointed leadership role, Congress party general secretary Rahul Gandhi intervened for the first time in the ongoing face-off between the government and social activist Anna Hazare, and attempted to expand the scope of the debate beyond just the promulgation of the Lokpal Bill. (Click here to read full story)
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25 August | UPA climbs down, willing to meet Anna halfway
The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government on Thursday signalled its willingness to relent and set the stage for a possible end to its 10-day stand-off with anti-graft activist Anna Hazare. (Click here to read full story)
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25 August | Anna Hazare drives up news viewership
Millions of Indians are hooked on the drama surrounding the dimunitive 74-year-old man at the centre of the latest crisis that’s hit the government. (Click here to read full story)
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24 August | Anna Hazare continues fast amid hectic parleys
With the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government failing to muster support from political parties over the Lokpal Bill and the health of anti-corruption campaigner Anna Hazare a concern on the ninth day of his fast, the political crisis over the issue continued to escalate. (Click here to read full story)
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23 August | Anna Hazare forces government to blink
The government blinked on Tuesday, and then blinked again, even as the health of fasting social activist Anna Hazare took a turn for the worse. (Click here to read full story)
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22 August | PM’s fresh bid to bridge trust deficit
In a fresh overture to break the deadlock over anti-corruption legislation, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday reiterated the government’s willingness to open negotiations with social activist Anna Hazare to evolve common ground. (Click here to read full story)
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22 August | Demystifying brand Anna Hazare
In an apartment in Ghaziabad, Delhi’s satellite town, lives a family that regularly watches Zee TV’s Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs, a singing talent show for children. (Click here to read full story)
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Supporters of social activist Anna Hazare wave Indian national flags in New Delhi. (AP photo)
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• 21 August | Public support continues to grow for Anna Hazare
Public support continued to grow for Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption campaign on Sunday even as some civil society activists criticized his demands and methods, and the government appeared to be opening channels for talks. (Click here to read full story)
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• 19 August | Hazare won’t budge till his Bill is introduced
Social activist Anna Hazare said on Friday that he would not budge from the Ramlila Ground till his version of the Jan Lokpal Bill is introduced in Parliament. Hazare and his supporters had been given permission for a 15-day fast when they left Tihar Jail following his arrest on Tuesday. (Click here to read full story)
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• 18 August | Govt succumbs to public pressure, gives in to Anna Hazare’s demands
With the government succumbing to public pressure, Anna Hazare and his supporters gained permission on Thursday to hold their fast till 2 September at the Capital’s Ramlila Ground. Hazare, who was still at Delhi’s Tihar Jail on Thursday evening, is expected to reach the venue only on Friday as preparations at the proposed venue were still on till Thursday evening. (Click here to read full story)
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• 17 August | UPA on the edge as protests spread
The botched arrest of activist Anna Hazare rapidly snowballed into spontaneous protests against corruption across the country, taking the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) by complete surprise. (Click here to read full stroy)
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Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravishankar comes out of Tihar Jail after meeting Anna Hazare in New Delhi on 17 August. (PTI photo)
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• 17 August | Anna can’t impose his bill upon Parliament: PM
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday took a swipe on civil society activist Anna Hazare, saying “those who believe that their voice and their voice alone represents the will of 1.2 billion people should reflect deeply on that position.” Asserting on the supremacy of Parliament in legislative affairs, Singh also said that they must allow the elected representatives of the people in Parliament to do the job that they were elected for. (Click here to read full story)
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Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravishankar meeting social activist Anna Hazare at Tihar Jail. (PTI photo)
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• 16 August | UPA’s worst hour: arrest of Anna Hazare
The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government precipitated a political and populist crisis after the Delhi Police arrested activist Anna Hazare hours before he was to begin a hunger strike.
In the process, it served up the first serious political test for Rahul Gandhi, who recently took charge as the co-leader of the country’s oldest political party in the absence of his mother and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi. (Click here to read full story)
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• Editorial | Anna and inevitability
Historical inevitability is a favourite catchphrase among Marxists. It describes situations and events guided by vast, impersonal, forces beyond the control of individuals. Anna Hazare’s arrest on Tuesday, too, had an air of inevitability. This time, though, it was manufactured by the Union government’s ineptness. (Click here to read full edit)
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Hazare supporters outside Tihar Jail in New Delhi. PTI photo
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• 16 August | Anna Hazare spends night in Tihar Jail
Refusing to come out of Tihar Jail, Anna Hazare continued his fast for the second consecutive day as the government was caught in a cleft as to how to deal with the embarrassing stand-off. (Click here to read full story)
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• 16 August | Anna sent to 7-day judicial custody
His followers later said Hazare, a former army soldier, had begun his fast in detention. He was ordered held for one week and taken to Tihar jail, where he joins several government officials, including the former telecom minister, who are under arrest over a multi-billion dollar telecom graft scandal. (Click here to read full story)
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• 16 August |Anna Hazare detained ahead of fast
Police arrested leading anti-corruption campaigner Anna Hazare on Tuesday, just hours before he was due to begin a fast to the death, as the beleaguered government cracked down on a self-styled Gandhian activist agitating for a new “freedom” struggle. (Click here to read full story)
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• 15 August | Anna Hazare to start hunger strike today
The Delhi state administration denied permission to Anna Hazare for a hunger strike at a park on Tuesday to call for a strong anti-corruption watchdog, but the activist said he will press ahead. (Click here to read full story)
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• 15 August | Jittery govt lashes out at Anna Hazare
Two days before activist Anna Hazare begins his proposed fast against corruption, the government has tried to turn the tables on him by questioning the affairs of some trusts he is associated with and calling his campaign undemocratic. (Click here to read full story)
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• 15 August | Don’t erode Parliament’s credibility: President
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Supporters of Anna Hazare wave tricolour outside Tihar Jail. (AP photo)
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In an apparent reminder to civil society activists campaigning for a “strong” Lokpal, President Pratibha Patil said that there should be no effort consciously or unconsciously to erode the authority and credibility of institutions such as the Parliament even as she called for corruption to be eliminated. (Click here to read full story)
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• 15 August | PM decries hunger strikes as means for ending corruption
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday affirmed his commitment to root out corruption but said there is no magic wand to do so and decried hunger strikes as a means to achieve the objective, in an apparent reference to Anna Hazare who is scheduled to begin fast on Tuesday. (Click here to read full story)
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• Editorial | Anna Hazare’s challenge
The challenge now is clearly political. The government finds itself on the back foot due to other reasons -- corruption, court cases, investigations, among others -- and not the fast per se. Yet, what its ministers have done by raising their voice in this shrill manner is to give legitimacy to the fast. A much better strategy would have been to let the Delhi Police handle the event without turning it into a political opera that it is now. By the constant criticism and sabre-rattling, they’ve played right into Team Anna’s hands. (Click here to read full edit )
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• 14 August | Congress launches frontal attack on Hazare
Ahead of Anna Hazare’s proposed fast on Lokpal, Congress on Sunday launched a no-holds-barred attack, saying he should first clarify the “serious” findings against him of a commission that probed graft charges and accused him of attempting to bring instability in the country.
“The fast from 16 August has nothing to do with either the issue of corruption or the Lokpal bill,” party spokesman Manish Tewari said, claiming that the “moral core” of Hazare has been “ripped apart” by the Justice P.B. Sawant Commission which had “found him steeped in corruption from head to toe”. (Click here to read full story)
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• 9 August | Agitation not against any party, individual: Anna Hazare
The agitation to demand a strong Lokpal is not aimed against any individual or party, anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare on Tuesday said. (Click here to read full story)
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Supporters of Hazare outside Tihar Jail in New Delhi. (PTI photo)
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• 4 August | Team Anna burns copies of Lokpal bill draft
As government introduced the Lokpal Bill in Parliament, Anna Hazare and his team members Thursday burnt copies of the “anti-poor, anti-Dalit” law with the Gandhian asserting that he would go ahead with his fast beginning 16 August till a strong law is brought in. (Click here to read full story)
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• Quick Edit | Checking corruption
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• 1 August | Chandni Chowk favours Hazare’s Jan Lokpal Bill
Even as the government is scheduled to table the Lokpal Bill on Wednesday in the Parliament, a referendum carried out by social activist Anna Hazare’s team has shown that 85% people in Chandni Chowk constituency of New Delhi favour Hazare’s Jan Lokpal Bill. (Click here to read full story)
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Yoga guru Baba Ramdev stands along with Hazare supporters outside Tihar Jail. (AP photo)
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• 1 August | Hazare targets Manmohan for keeping PM’s post out of Lokpal
Targeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Anna Hazare on Monday termed as “unfortunate” his justification for keeping his post out of the purview of the proposed Lokpal and wondered whether the “honest” person was telling lies. (Click here to read full story)
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• 31 July | Keeping PM under Lokpal ambit not advisable: PM
Bringing the office of Prime Minister under the ambit of Lokpal would “not be advisable”, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Sunday.
Singh, who had earlier stated that he was not against the office of the Prime Minister being brought under the Lokpal’s purview, told reporters that the government has taken the decision after “taking all factors into account”. (Click here to read full story)
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Anna Hazare supporters taking out a rally in Mangalore on Wednesday. (PTI photo)
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• 30 July | Lokpal Bill to lead a series of legislations in monsoon session
The anti-graft Lokpal Bill will lead a series of legislations that the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government plans to introduce in the monsoon session of Parliament that starts Monday and runs for about a month. (Click here to read full story)
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• 29 July | Cabinet clears Lokpal Bill, keeps PM out of purview
The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government has rejected key demands by civil society representatives for inclusion in the anti-graft Lokpal Bill and decided to press ahead with its own prescription to fight corruption in public life. Click here to read full story)
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Anna Hazare waves from a vehicle after being arrested by Delhi police in New Delhi on 16 August. (Reuters photo)
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4 July | Political parties back Lokpal Bill in monsoon session of Parliament
All political parties have backed the government’s move to introduce a Lokpal Bill in the forthcoming monsoon session of Parliament, even though some of them differed on the proposed provisions. (Click here to read full story)
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• 2 July | Hazare meets BJP leaders on Lokpal Bill
Activist Anna Hazare has met leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the main opposition, to discuss the contentious issues related to the Lokpal Bill. (Click here to read full story)
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• Is Parliament really supreme?
Expert View | C V Madhukar
In the weeks since the agitation on the Lokpal Bill began, there have been several assertions by a range of opinion leaders that Parliament is supreme. On paper, there is no doubt that Parliament is supreme as far as lawmaking is concerned. But a closer look at recent experience actually raises doubts as to whether Parliament has indeed lived up to this responsibility adequately—right from the way it has scuttled itself structurally to the way it has allowed several Bills to be passed with no discussion. (Click here to read full edit)
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• Quick Edit | A Lokpal Bill, finally
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• 25 June | CWC will support govt draft on Lokpal
The Congress Working Committee (CWC), the apex decision making body of the ruling party, backed the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government strongly and said that the government should not succumb to any pressure tactics. (Click here to read full story)
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Anna Hazare surrounded by his supporters prays at Rajghat in New Delhi on 15 August. Reuters photo
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• 21 June | Consensus elusive, govt begins political process
Differences between civil society members and Union ministers continued in the last meeting even as the government initiated a political process to find a consensus over the anti-graft Bill before Parliament’s monsoon session begins. (Click here to read full story)
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20 June | Lokpal meet ‘friendly’, but fresh differences emerge
Fresh differences emerged between government and civil society members of a panel drafting the anti-corruption Lokpal Bill, a day before they meet for the last time, even as both sides said the talks took place in a friendly atmosphere. (Click here to read full story)
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18 June | Govt opposed to PM under Lokpal: Kapil Sibal
The government said prima facie it was opposed to the inclusion of Prime Minister under the ambit of Lokpal but was open to the idea to cover him once he demits office. (Click here to read full story)
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• Editorial | A reasonable Lokpal
The past few weeks have seen the process of drafting the Lokpal Bill degenerate into acrimony. Leaving aside the verbal swipes between members of the drafting committee, there are substantial issues at stake. The most important is that of bringing the Prime Minister and other high officials of state under the Lokpal’s ambit. (Click here to read full edit)
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• 15 June | No consensus on draft legislation
The Union government and civil society representatives in the joint drafting committee of the Lokpal Bill failed to reach an agreement after the panel’s seventh meeting, even as the government’s deadline for the preparation of the draft approached. (Click here to read full story)
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• 8 June | Anna begins fast against graft, piles pressure on govt
A veteran social activist on Wednesday began a day-long fast against corruption and the government’s violent crackdown against a similar peaceful protest, tapping into widespread anger at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s failure to curb graft. (Click here to read full story)
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Anna Hazare on fast unto death at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on 5 April. (Ramesh Pathania / File photo)
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• 7 June | No intention to quit Lokpal panel, says Hazare team
A day after boycotting the meeting of Lokpal Bill drafting committee, Anna Hazare-led team has made it clear that they had no intention to quit the joint panel and hit out at human resource development minister Kapil Sibal for attacking them. (Click here to read full story)
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• 6 June | Drafting panel members boycott Lokpal meeting
Civil society activists led by Anna Hazare boycotted the meeting of the joint drafting committee (JDC) on Lokpal Bill saying government’s intentions raised serious doubts about having a strong anti-corruption watchdog and protesting against the police crackdown on Ramdev. (Click here to read full story)
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• 2 June | Anna Hazare to join Ramdev’s fast
Accusing the government of cheating civil right activists on the issue of Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare extended his support to yoga guru Ramdev’s fast against corruption and said he will join the agitation. (Click here to read full story)
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• 31 May | Govt, civil society members split over Lokpal Bill provisions
Simmering differences between civil society members and government representatives spilled over on Monday after an attempt was made to bring the prime minister and the higher judiciary under the purview of the Lokpal Bill. (Click here to read full story)
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• 30 May | Govt opposes inclusion of PM in Lokpal Bill
Sharp differences came to the surface at a meeting of the drafting committee for Lokpal bill on Monday with the government strongly opposing proposals for inclusion of Prime Minister, higher judiciary and acts of MPs inside Parliament under its purview. (Click here to read full story)
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• 22 April | Controversies won’t affect Lokpal panel: Pranab
Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, also chairperson of the joint drafting committee for the Lokpal bill, said that working of the committee would not be affected by controversies over some members. (Click here to read full story)
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• 21 April | PM unveils a series of steps to tackle corruption
Acknowledging that the prevailing state of affairs will not be tolerated by the people, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday pledged swift and exemplary action to deal with corruption towards which he unveiled a number of steps. (Click here to read full story)
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• 18 April | Hazare backtracks, to agitate if Bill not passed by 15 August
Backtracking from his statement given on Sunday, Anna Hazare stuck to his 15 August 2011 deadline for passage of the Lokpal Bill failing which he will resort to agitation. “The joint drafting committee has a mandate to produce a strong Jan Lokpal bill which will be sent to Parliament. We hope that all political parties will vote as per the wishes of the people, which is overwhelmingly in favour of a strong Bill. (Click here to read full story)
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• Editorial | The politics of arrogance
Old organizations often find it hard to change. Politics, however, is an arena of constant change: ideas, parties and governments are in a constant state of ferment. Any political party that does not heed the winds of change risks losing relevance. The past weeks have shown how badly prepared the leading party of the ruling coalition, the Congress, is for changes that have occurred in the country’s politics. (Click here to read full edit)
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• 16 April | Lokpal Bill panel meet: Civil society members present draft
The government-civil society discussions on a new Lokpal Bill got off to a fairly smooth start here with the activists presenting a new draft legislation to deal with corruption. (Click here to read full story)
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• 9 April | Anna ends fast, gazette notification issued on Lok Pal panel
Gandhian Anna Hazare has called off his hunger strike bringing to an end his 98-hour protest after government issued a gazette notification constituting a 10-member joint committee of ministers and civil society activists, including him, to draft an effective Lok Pal Bill. (Click here to read full story)
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• Editorial | Civil society’s unreal politics
Finally Anna Hazare and his cohort have prevailed over the government. They have managed a position of equals on the committee that will draft the Lokpal Bill. This is not an unprecedented situation. There have been occasions when outside experts have been drafted to write laws. (Click here to read full edit)
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• Anna Hazare and India’s return to the 1970s
Guest View | Siddharth Bhatia
This is India’s Tahrir square, read one of the tweets soon after the campaign against corruption succeeded last week and forced the government to accept the demands of social activist Anna Hazare to announce a committee for considering a new Lokpal Bill against corruption. (Click here to read full edit)
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• Editorial | Confusing the role of Lokpal
One old way to derail ideas and institutions is to burden them so much that they’re rendered incapable. Something similar may happen to the Lokpal, if the Congress party has its way.(Click here to read full edit)
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• Editorial | An eye on corruption
In the last fortnight we have seen an unprecedented campaign against corruption take shape, led by Anna Hazare, a hitherto unfamiliar activist from Maharashtra who has now become a role model and a national hero for many. (Click here to read full edit)
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8 April | UPA blinks again, but no formal deal inked yet
The government ceded more ground to anti-corruption campaigners , but a formal agreement eluded the two sides, ensuring that Anna Hazare’s fast went into a fifth day. (Click here to read full story)
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8 April | Middle-class angst drives support for Hazare
Outside the Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, Anna Hazare’s hunger strike is attracting support from an unlikely combination of individuals. (Click here to read full story)
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• 8 April | Govt talks tough on Hazare’s demands
The government talked tough on Anna Hazare’s demand for an effective Lokpal Bill, saying it cannot accede to the demands of chairmanship of the joint drafting committee being given to a civil society member and for issuing an official notification. (Click here to read full story)
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7 April | Hazare insists on joint panel to draft Lokpal Bill
As his fast-unto-death on the Lokpal issue entered the third day, Gandhian Anna Hazare stuck to the demand for a joint committee of civil society members and government representatives to draft a strong Lokpal Bill even as he rejected allegations that he was backed by Sangh Parivar. (Click here to read full story)
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6 April | Hazare crusade gains momentum, forces Pawar off anti-graft panel
The government seems to have blinked first on the second day of social activist Anna Hazare’s protest against corruption, which has caught the imagination of the nation’s middle class, many people on Twitter and the international media. (Click here to read full story)
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5 April | Ex-soldier Anna now fights for Lokpal Bill
Anna Hazare is a veteran of many battles -- as a former soldier and then as a social activist who has forced at least half a dozen Maharashtra ministers to quit on corruption charges, though he also has detractors who disagree with his pressure tactics. (Click here to read full story)
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