Econintersect, reported by Sanjeev Kulkarni:
Anna Hazare (total offial name Kisan Bapat Baburao Hazare) is an Indian social activist who has been campaigning gainst corruption in India’s government. Tuesday, April5, 2011, Hazare started a ‘fast unto death’ hunger strike to garner attention and support for an act known as the Jan Lokpal bill that would establish an ombudsman to investigate corruption in public office.Repeated attempts to pass Lokpal bills have failed many times over the past several decades. The Indian legislative process for such legislation is like a roach motel: the bills check in but they never check out.
Sonia Ghandi, President of the Indian National Congress Party has urged Hazare to end his fast. Her statement as reported in NDTV.com:
“There can be no two views on the urgent necessity of combating graft and corruption in public life. I believe that the laws in these matters must be effective and must deliver the desired results. I am sure that Anna Hazare Ji’s views will receive the government’s full attention as we move forward to fight this menace.”
Hazare reacted to to Sonia Gandhi’s demand to end his fast by requesting urgent action on the legislation. According to NDTV.com, Union Minister Kapil Sibal, who is on the Group of Ministers drafting the anti-corruption law, met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh late this evening to discuss ways out of this impasse.
Further from NDTV.com:
Since he began his hunger strike on Tuesday, Mr Hazare has become the icon of a nation tired of discovering how it has been had by the people it elected to power. The 72-year-old Gandhian said he had no choice but to begin his die-unto-death fast -repeated discussions with the government for a Jan Lokpal Bill (Citizen’s Ombusman Bill) were leading only to more discussion. So Mr Hazare ignored an appeal from the Prime Minister, and began his strike on Tuesday morning, unleashing a people’s revolution.
It appears that the government may form a committee combining ministers and citizen members to try to hammer out a compromise on Lokpal that can get enough votes to be enacted.