Elections make for responsive and accountable governments, or so goes the truism. But can they also achieve the opposite -- that is, encourage complacency, even callousness, among elected representatives?
The leader of a campaign against corruption in India was today sent to jail for a week after being arrested at a house in New Delhi hours ahead of a planned hunger strike in the capital that police had banned.
Indian anti-corruption campaigner Anna Hazare began a three-day public fast in Mumbai as parliament debated legislation to curb graft that his group of activists and opposition parties have dismissed as too weak.
There was jubilation and relief across India on Aug. 28, when a septuagenarian finally accepted an offer of honey and coconut water from two children after the 12th day of what had probably been the most prominent and widely supported hunger fast since Independence.
Indian anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare held a symbolic one-day hunger strike to protest what he said was the government’s reneging on a promise to pass a tougher version of a law aimed at curbing graft.
Some of India's most powerful politicians probably aren't sleeping as peacefully as they used to. The responsibility for the panic in what were formerly some of the most secure bastions of power in India belongs to an ambitious anti-corruption campaigner, Arvind Kejriwal, and the many middle-class workers and activists of his organization, India Against Corruption.
India Against Corruption, a powerful if flawed mass movement that put the government under considerable pressure last August with its demand that a long-delayed anti-corruption bill be passed, made two widely watched moves last week. They also happened to be moves in opposite directions.