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Posted by on Aug 16, 2011 in Business, Economy, International, Law, Media, Places, Politics, Society | 2 comments

Indian Government Throws Top Anti-Corruption Activist in Jail

Anna Hazare

Anna Hazare, 73, is no ordinary social activist. Hazare has emerged as a sort of national hero battling against the government that has been reeling under mind-boggling corruption scandals. An Indian government attempt to head off a political crisis by arresting him appeared to backfire Tuesday when parliament’s opposition members walked out and demonstrations broke out across the country. See here…

(UPDATE: In view of the mass protests, the government has buckled under and ordered the release of Anna Hazare and others.) See here…

For months now India’s federal government has remained paralysed in view of the major corruption scandals. Anna Hazare and some others have been demanding that the ill-gotten wealth stashed by politicians and bureaucrats in foreign banks should be brought back. Today a minister in Indian parliament admitted that “a report of Global Financial Integrity (GFI) has estimated the total value of illicit money that has flown out of India is USD 462 billion (about Rs 20.92 lakh crore).” More here…

A few weeks ago Anna Hazare had agreed to sit with the government representatives to draft the Lokpal (Ombudsman) Bill for creating an effective wathdog against the corrupt leaders and officials. But when serious differences arose with regard to the provisions in the bill, Hazare decided to go on indefinite hunger strike today, a day after India celebrated its Independence Day on August 15. More here…

The arrest of Hazare, and hundreds of his fellow activists, has shifted the focus of the debate from corruption to the right to protest in the world’s largest democracy. More here…

Why is India suddenly so angry about corruption? See here…

And to top it all the real person behind the throne – Sonia Gandhi – is in the United States undergoing treatment for some unknwon disease. See here…

If you have time and patience …. Full text of Indian Supreme Court’s order detailing how corruption is eating into the vitals of India and softening the state … See here…

Has liberalization spurred corruption? asks Kingshuk Nag of the Times of India … See here…

Here’s The Economist’s good analysis …

REVEALED: How the government did everything to stop Anna …

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