India’s notoriously corrupt Congress-led government today thwarted anti-corruption protests by arresting Gandhian and national icon Anna Hazare.
Anna’s arrest has triggered protests across the country.
The 73-year-old Gandhian leader has been leading a valiant fight for a strong Lok Pal Bill to tackle corruption, the scourge of the nation.
Anticipating his arrest, Anna asked Indians to fill jails in an echo of the freedom struggle when people of all walks of life were imprisoned for protesting against the colonial British government:
Time has come my countrymen when there should be no place left in jails in India to accommodate any more persons….I once again request my fellow countrymen that peace should be maintained and there must be no violence…Crores of people have joined this movement and second line of leaders are standing to lead this movement.
Anna is fasting in police custody.
Given the Congress leaders’ abiding love for corruption, Anna Hazare’s battle will most likely be a futile struggle unless the masses can be galvanized to follow his lead and fill the jails.
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