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In pics: The Anna Hazare Bandwagon

India | IBNLive | August 25, 2011, 7:25 pm
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 Former top cop-turned-social Kiran Bedi has been the one person associated with the movement since its inception. She has spurred on the crowd, made speeches, led marches and even got detained by police during the earlier days of the anti-corruption crusade.
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Former top cop-turned-social Kiran Bedi has been the one person associated with the movement since its inception. She has spurred on the crowd, made speeches, led marches and even got detained by police during the earlier days of the anti-corruption crusade.

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 Southern actor Vijay took the stage on the 10th day of the fast and addressed a crowd of Hazare supporters. He is the latest of many southern stars to have shown solidarity for the cause.
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Southern actor Vijay took the stage on the 10th day of the fast and addressed a crowd of Hazare supporters. He is the latest of many southern stars to have shown solidarity for the cause.

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 Bhartiya Janata party leader Varun Gandhi, center, sits with the supporters of anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare on the ninth day of Hazare's hunger strike, in New Delhi, August 24, 2011.
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Bhartiya Janata party leader Varun Gandhi, center, sits with the supporters of anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare on the ninth day of Hazare's hunger strike, in New Delhi, August 24, 2011.

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 Popular yoga teacher Swami Ramdev speaks at Ramlila grounds where veteran social activist Anna Hazare is fasting, in New Delhi August 24, 2011. Ramdev has made sporadic appearances in the campaign and had himself launched a hunger strike in June that prompted a police swoop down.
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Popular yoga teacher Swami Ramdev speaks at Ramlila grounds where veteran social activist Anna Hazare is fasting, in New Delhi August 24, 2011. Ramdev has made sporadic appearances in the campaign and had himself launched a hunger strike in June that prompted a police swoop down.

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 Social activist Medha Patkar is one of Hazare's core team members.
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Social activist Medha Patkar is one of Hazare's core team members.

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 Bhojpuri actor Manoj Tiwari has now become a familiar face with the anti-corruption and black money protests. The actor who showed solidarity with the movement during the time of the protest by Baba Ramdev, is bacck on the Hazare stage, enthralling weary audiences with his songs.
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Bhojpuri actor Manoj Tiwari has now become a familiar face with the anti-corruption and black money protests. The actor who showed solidarity with the movement during the time of the protest by Baba Ramdev, is bacck on the Hazare stage, enthralling weary audiences with his songs.

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 Actor Raghuveer Yadav, who recently appeared in the role of German dictator Adolf Hitler in the small budget film 'Gandhi to Hitler', appeared on stage in Delhi's Ramlila Maidan to address Hazare's supporters.
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Actor Raghuveer Yadav, who recently appeared in the role of German dictator Adolf Hitler in the small budget film 'Gandhi to Hitler', appeared on stage in Delhi's Ramlila Maidan to address Hazare's supporters.

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 Anna Hazare's popular movement against corruption has swept a nation, galvanizing a middle-class fed up with rampant corruption and a spate of scams that has hit the ruling government. Over the past 10 days, the stage on which Hazare is resting has seen an amalgam of people from various fields of life. The actors have performed, the singers have sung, the spiritual leaders have inspired people with devotional songs and the bureaucrats have lend their support to the campaign. But are the people on the stage the people behind the movement? Who are the people we have been seeing daily with Anna Hazare? A look at Hazare's bandwagon.
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Anna Hazare's popular movement against corruption has swept a nation, galvanizing a middle-class fed up with rampant corruption and a spate of scams that has hit the ruling government. Over the past 10 days, the stage on which Hazare is resting has seen an amalgam of people from various fields of life. The actors have performed, the singers have sung, the spiritual leaders have inspired people with devotional songs and the bureaucrats have lend their support to the campaign. But are the people on the stage the people behind the movement? Who are the people we have been seeing daily with Anna Hazare? A look at Hazare's bandwagon.

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 Actress Pooja Bedi made an appearance at the Ramlila Maidan to lend support to Anna Hazare's anti-corruption campaign along with father Kabir Bedi. The normally vocal actress pressed for a strong Lokpal Bill.
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Actress Pooja Bedi made an appearance at the Ramlila Maidan to lend support to Anna Hazare's anti-corruption campaign along with father Kabir Bedi. The normally vocal actress pressed for a strong Lokpal Bill.

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 Prashant Bhushan, the lawyer and social activist, is part of Hazare's core group and since day one has been a spearhead of the campaign. He is a member of the committee constituted in April for reviewing the Jan Lokpal Bill. A vociferous opponent of the government's version of the Lokpal Bill, Bhushan wants the government to withdraw the current version and replace it with the Jan Lokpal version.
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Prashant Bhushan, the lawyer and social activist, is part of Hazare's core group and since day one has been a spearhead of the campaign. He is a member of the committee constituted in April for reviewing the Jan Lokpal Bill. A vociferous opponent of the government's version of the Lokpal Bill, Bhushan wants the government to withdraw the current version and replace it with the Jan Lokpal version.

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 Shanti Bhushan, the former Law Minister of India in the Morarji Desai Ministry and the father of Prashant Bhushan, is an active supporter of Anna Hazare and has been associated with the movement since it began. He was also part of the Hazare campaign in April this year that was followed by nearly a week of fasts and agitation.
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Shanti Bhushan, the former Law Minister of India in the Morarji Desai Ministry and the father of Prashant Bhushan, is an active supporter of Anna Hazare and has been associated with the movement since it began. He was also part of the Hazare campaign in April this year that was followed by nearly a week of fasts and agitation.

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 Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare, left, interacts with Naresh Trehan, seated right, a doctor heading the medical team, on the 8th day of his hunger strike in New Delhi, August 23, 2011. As Hazare's health deteriorated, Trehan, an eminent and respected physician, became a constant presence on the stage.
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Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare, left, interacts with Naresh Trehan, seated right, a doctor heading the medical team, on the 8th day of his hunger strike in New Delhi, August 23, 2011. As Hazare's health deteriorated, Trehan, an eminent and respected physician, became a constant presence on the stage.

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 Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare, right, listens to supporter and social activist Swami Agnivesh on the 8th day of his hunger strike in New Delhi, August 23, 2011. Swami Agnivesh, an Arya Samaj scholar, has been a permanent fixture in the anti-corruption crusade. He sits beside the veteran campaigner and is part of his trusted inner team.
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Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare, right, listens to supporter and social activist Swami Agnivesh on the 8th day of his hunger strike in New Delhi, August 23, 2011. Swami Agnivesh, an Arya Samaj scholar, has been a permanent fixture in the anti-corruption crusade. He sits beside the veteran campaigner and is part of his trusted inner team.

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 Among the politicians, rights activists, lawyers, social reformers and stars who form the faces of the popular anti-corruption movement, a young, clean-shaven one stands out. He is surrounded by a coterie and his status among seasoned politicians associated with the movement belies his youth. Bhaiyyuji Maharaj, who has emerged as a mediator in the Lokpal standoff between the government and self-styled Gandhian Anna Hazare's team, is an Indore-based spiritual leader known to the creme de la creme of Maharashtra's political top brass.
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Among the politicians, rights activists, lawyers, social reformers and stars who form the faces of the popular anti-corruption movement, a young, clean-shaven one stands out. He is surrounded by a coterie and his status among seasoned politicians associated with the movement belies his youth. Bhaiyyuji Maharaj, who has emerged as a mediator in the Lokpal standoff between the government and self-styled Gandhian Anna Hazare's team, is an Indore-based spiritual leader known to the creme de la creme of Maharashtra's political top brass.

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 Arvind Kejriwal, the maverick social activist who is credited with activating India's Right to Information movement at grassroots, has been the backbone and perhaps the brains behind the movement. His daily briefing with the Hazare team and the precision with which its working is organised has been a case study. Kejriwal is Hazare's right hand man and his most trusted liutenant.
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Arvind Kejriwal, the maverick social activist who is credited with activating India's Right to Information movement at grassroots, has been the backbone and perhaps the brains behind the movement. His daily briefing with the Hazare team and the precision with which its working is organised has been a case study. Kejriwal is Hazare's right hand man and his most trusted liutenant.

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 Sri Sri Ravi Shankar joined the Hazare movement right from Day One at Tihar jail when he went to meet the veteran activist and to coax him to break his fast. The spiritual guru has stayed with the protests ever since.
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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar joined the Hazare movement right from Day One at Tihar jail when he went to meet the veteran activist and to coax him to break his fast. The spiritual guru has stayed with the protests ever since.

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 Singer Kailash Kher of 'Allah ke bande' fame took the stage to a raucous welcome and sang popular numbers to cheer up a crowd protesting for many days for legislation of a strong Lokpal Bill.
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Singer Kailash Kher of 'Allah ke bande' fame took the stage to a raucous welcome and sang popular numbers to cheer up a crowd protesting for many days for legislation of a strong Lokpal Bill.

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