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India activist renews anti-graft fast to pressure government

Can Anna Hazare really awaken the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi?

As AP reported:

Decked out in a plain white shirt, white cap and spectacles in the style of Mahatma Gandhi, the septuagenarian Anna Hazare became the unlikely thorn in the side of the Congress party-led coalition when he went on an indefinite hunger strike in April.

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Veteran Indian social activist Anna Hazare, surrounded by his supporters, prays at the Mahatma Gandhi memorial at Rajghat in New Delhi August 15. Hazare renews a fast to the death in New Delhi on Tuesday to force tougher laws against corruption, to the dismay of the embattled prime minister and his ruling party as they grapple with scandals and a slowing economy.

Adnan Abidi / Reuters

A boy holds an Indian national flag as he sits next to veteran social activist Anna Hazare at the Mahatma Gandhi memorial at Rajghat in New Delhi August 15. Hazare renews a fast to the death in New Delhi on Tuesday to force tougher laws against corruption, defying a police ban to challenge an embattled prime minister who is grappling with scandals and a slowing economy.