Source: BBC News
Anna Hazare is no stranger to hunger strikes. The activist’s fast at Delhi’s sprawling Ramlila grounds was his 16th since 1980. But, at 13 days, it was his longest. It was also his most significant ever.
He took on India’s troubled government by demanding the setting up of a powerful anti-corruption ombudsman, or Lokpal, with sweeping powers to investigate every part of the government. By the time he ended his fast, the former army lorry driver-turned-activist had galvanised large numbers of Indians in the “war against corruption” and become a national figure.