Anti-corruption leader inspires protests across India

August 23, 2011

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Anna Hezare shouts anti-corruption slogans after leaving Tihar Prison in New Delhi, where he has been staying since Aug 16.

India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has scheduled an all-party meeting for tomorrow. He hopes to forge a compromise on the proposed corruption agency, which is at the heart of veteran social activist Anna Hazare’s hunger strike.

The 74-year old Hazare has entered a second week of fasting. He wants to see the creation of a government watch dog agency that could investigate corruption charges against anyone in government. But the prime minster wants an agency that restricts investigations on some government ministers and judicial figures.

We talk about the corruption in India with Vijay Prashad, director of international studies at Trinity College. His forthcoming book is Uncle Swami: South Asian Americans after 9/11.