Indian Hunger Strike

#1
The Indian Government have agreed to let an 74 year old anti-corruption protester go on hunger strike in a public park for no more tha 15 days.

In which case, isn't it more of a protest diet?
 

the_boy_syrup

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#4
Thought the whole f India was starving anyway (exept the billionaires, space scientists and nuclear scientists)
Isn't that why were sending billions of pounds in aid every year?
 

overopensights

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#5
Thought the whole f India was starving anyway (exept the billionaires, space scientists and nuclear scientists)
Isn't that why were sending billions of pounds in aid every year?
I travel India quite a lot on business. In Outer Predesh in 2008 27 farmers commited suicide because they couldn't raise the bribe to pay for the government grants to which they were entitled. In Moradabad last week there was a seven day curfew to stop the rioting between Hindus and Moslems: Dynamic India! FFS! No wonder Tommy Atkins used to smack them about the head with rifle butts!
 
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trowel

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#6
I travel India quite a lot on business. In Outer Predesh in 2008 27 farmers commited suicide because they couldn't raise the bribe to pay for the government grants to which they were entitled. In Moradabad last week there was a seven day curfew to stop the rioting between Hindus and Moslems: Dynamic India! FFS! No wonder Tommy Atkins used to smack them about the head with rifle butts!
That would explain all that rag wrapped round their heads then.
 

Wordsmith

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#7
It appears the Indian government wanted to stop him going on hunger strike to highlight corruption in the government.

Indian activist to launch public fast as government relents | Reuters

A popular Indian anti-graft campaigner won a bitter fight against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to hold a two-week public fast from Thursday, stepping up the pressure on the government to show a restive nation it can tackle rampant corruption. Anna Hazare, a 74-year-old Gandhian-style campaigner, was arrested on Tuesday, hours ahead of a planned fast until death for tougher laws against graft, sparking nationwide protests and putting the government on the backfoot as he stayed in jail.

"None of us is looking at this as a victory," Kiran Bedi, a former police officer and widely respected figure for her anti-graft drive, told Times Now television after helping negotiate permission for Hazare's public fast in the capital. "We are not playing games. We are doing this to move the country forward," Bedi, who had herself also been briefly arrested.

The government, facing spontaneous protests by tens of thousands of people across Indian cities and villages, was forced to release Hazare, but he refused to leave the Tihar jail until he won the right to lead an anti-corruption protest. Crowds outside the jail erupted in joy at news of the deal, reached early on Thursday shouting his name "Anna" and "we are with you," singing, playing guitar and waving the Indian flag. He is expected to go to the protest ground at 3 pm (10:30 a.m. British time).

A beleaguered Singh and his government had appeared at a loss over how to end the standoff and failing to grasp the mounting anger from India's growing urban middle class. "It exposes how far removed the Manmohan Singh-led government is from popular sentiment. Were elections to be held today, the UPA (Congress party-led coalition) would have struggled to hold on to power," The Times of India said in an editorial. The next national polls are in 2014. The arrest and sudden about-turn to release Hazare appeared to confirm a widespread feeling Singh's government is cornered, clumsy and too riddled with scandal to govern Asia's third-largest economy effectively.
I work for a multinational with offices in India. Been chatting on line to a guy I know down there. He's expecting a lot of political turmoil in the coming weeks.

Wordsmith
 

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