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Scenes from Ramlila Maidan: A week of Anna's fast in 70 pictures

India | IBNLive | August 23, 2011, 6:31 pm
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 Anna Ki Rasoi, the 24-hour kitchen, being run by businessman Anil Jain and his friends, that's been supplying food for the thousands of protesters thronging the Ramlila Grounds.
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Anna Ki Rasoi, the 24-hour kitchen, being run by businessman Anil Jain and his friends, that's been supplying food for the thousands of protesters thronging the Ramlila Grounds.

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 As the UPA struggles with a communication deficit, Team Anna is on TV, on the net, on the mobile phone, on T-shirts and in blanket coverage in newspapers. No wonder that today Anna Hazare is the Mahatma of mass media.
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As the UPA struggles with a communication deficit, Team Anna is on TV, on the net, on the mobile phone, on T-shirts and in blanket coverage in newspapers. No wonder that today Anna Hazare is the Mahatma of mass media.

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 Rahul Gandhi also held a prolonged meeting with Singh as the government decided to hold  wider consultations to find a way out by convening an all party meeting tomorrow.
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Rahul Gandhi also held a prolonged meeting with Singh as the government decided to hold wider consultations to find a way out by convening an all party meeting tomorrow.

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[caption id="attachment_803343"] Over 800 people, including students, signed in blood a memorandum addressed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, expressing their support to the movement against corruption led by Anna Hazare.[/caption]

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 Party sources said that the deteriorating health of Anna Hazare necessitated the urgent steps as the leadership was concerned the way the agitation was panning out.
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Party sources said that the deteriorating health of Anna Hazare necessitated the urgent steps as the leadership was concerned the way the agitation was panning out.

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[caption id="attachment_803345"] The BJP asked the government to withdraw the present Lokpal Bill and introduce an effective bill in Parliament, but made it clear that some provisions of the Team Anna draft and the deadline set by it for passing the legislation were not acceptable to the party.[/caption]

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 Hazare accused the government of betraying all along the civil society on the issue of a strong Lokpal Bill.
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Hazare accused the government of betraying all along the civil society on the issue of a strong Lokpal Bill.

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 Hazare said people in thousands should protest outside the residences of MPs if the government fails to get Jan Lokpal Bill passed by August 30.
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Hazare said people in thousands should protest outside the residences of MPs if the government fails to get Jan Lokpal Bill passed by August 30.

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[caption id="attachment_803348"] An organisation of erstwhile Nawabs of Awadh has extended its support to Anna Hazare's anti-graft movement and said they would not celebrate Eid to mark their protest. [/caption]

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 The Kejriwal-Khurshid meeting took place at Congress MP from East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency Sandeep Diskhit's residence. Dikshit was also present during the meeting.
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The Kejriwal-Khurshid meeting took place at Congress MP from East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency Sandeep Diskhit's residence. Dikshit was also present during the meeting.

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 Calling all those involved in corruption as traitors, he said that India is yet to achieve true independence despite lakhs of people sacrificing their life during the Independence Movement.
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Calling all those involved in corruption as traitors, he said that India is yet to achieve true independence despite lakhs of people sacrificing their life during the Independence Movement.

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 The PM also promised Hazare that his version of Lokpal Bill could be referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee for which the government would request the Speaker.
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The PM also promised Hazare that his version of Lokpal Bill could be referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee for which the government would request the Speaker.

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 Kejriwal and other key Team Anna members- Prashant Bhushan and Kiran Bedi were appointed by Hazare to negotiate with the government.
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Kejriwal and other key Team Anna members- Prashant Bhushan and Kiran Bedi were appointed by Hazare to negotiate with the government.

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 Cutting across age and gender people from across the country thronged the Ramila Maidan.
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Cutting across age and gender people from across the country thronged the Ramila Maidan.

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 Civil society member and former Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde appealed on Tuesday to Anna Hazare to end his eight-day fast.
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Civil society member and former Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde appealed on Tuesday to Anna Hazare to end his eight-day fast.

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 Team Anna on Tuesday said that it was willing to negotiate with the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government and help in formulating a strong Lokpal Bill.
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Team Anna on Tuesday said that it was willing to negotiate with the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government and help in formulating a strong Lokpal Bill.

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 Team Anna on Tuesday said talks can begin with the government only when it takes the first step of restoring
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Team Anna on Tuesday said talks can begin with the government only when it takes the first step of restoring "trust and confidence" by introducing the Jan Lokpal Bill in Parliament and made it clear that Anna Hazare's agitation and fast will continue till then.

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[caption id="attachment_803357"] In a breakthrough in the week-long standoff, the government appointed Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee as its negotiator for talks on Lokpal bill even as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appealed to Anna Hazare to end his fast.[/caption]

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 The appointment of government's veteran trouble-shooter came on a day of hectic consultations in the government to resolve the standoff over Lokpal issue as the 74-year-old Gandhian's fast entered second week.
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The appointment of government's veteran trouble-shooter came on a day of hectic consultations in the government to resolve the standoff over Lokpal issue as the 74-year-old Gandhian's fast entered second week.

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 Close on the heels of the decision, Singh wrote a letter to Hazare appealing to him to end his fast, saying his health was a matter of
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Close on the heels of the decision, Singh wrote a letter to Hazare appealing to him to end his fast, saying his health was a matter of "abiding concern" for the government.

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 The ice-breaking development came during the first direct contact between the two sides at the residence of Congress MP Sandeep Dikshit when Law Minister Salman Khurshid met Hazare close aide Arvind Kejriwal and discussed how to go about the issue.
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The ice-breaking development came during the first direct contact between the two sides at the residence of Congress MP Sandeep Dikshit when Law Minister Salman Khurshid met Hazare close aide Arvind Kejriwal and discussed how to go about the issue.

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 The Prime Minister underlined the government's commitment to passing a
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The Prime Minister underlined the government's commitment to passing a "constitutionally valid and the best possible Lok Pal legislation with inputs from Civil Society with the broadest possible consensus" for which "we are ready to talk to anybody."

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 Undoubtedly, the Committee would be entitled to consider, in detail and clause by clause, subject to their discretion, not only the Bill introduced by us but the Jan Lokpal Bill and other versions like those prepared by Aruna Roy, the Prime Minister wrote to Hazare.
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Undoubtedly, the Committee would be entitled to consider, in detail and clause by clause, subject to their discretion, not only the Bill introduced by us but the Jan Lokpal Bill and other versions like those prepared by Aruna Roy, the Prime Minister wrote to Hazare.

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 Anna Hazare's aides Arvind Kejriwal, Prashant Bhushan and Kiran Bedi met Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee to chalk out a solution.
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Anna Hazare's aides Arvind Kejriwal, Prashant Bhushan and Kiran Bedi met Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee to chalk out a solution.

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[caption id="attachment_803364"] Akhil Gogoi, rights activist who attended the meeting with Khurshid along with Kejriwal, said the Minister told them that the Prime Minister wants to find a solution through talks and they talked about the process for the discussion with Mukherjee.[/caption]

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[caption id="attachment_803365"] Addressing his supporters after a gap of 40 hours, Hazare stuck to his August 30 deadline for passage of Jan Lokpal Bill and asked his supporters to intensify the protest by gheraoing the houses of Parliamentarians if government failed to do so.[/caption]

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 Hazare credits his personal
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Hazare credits his personal "rebirth" to reading the book, which made him realise Vivekanada's message that "that serving the poor means serving God".

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 The second consecutive night of Hazare protest witnessed more crowds than the first.
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The second consecutive night of Hazare protest witnessed more crowds than the first.

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 The support for Anna's hunger strike scaled new heights when a 60-year-old man Rajendran launched a fast in Veloor village in Kottayam in Kerala sitting atop a coconut tree during daytime.
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The support for Anna's hunger strike scaled new heights when a 60-year-old man Rajendran launched a fast in Veloor village in Kottayam in Kerala sitting atop a coconut tree during daytime.

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 What started as a small makeshift kitchen with a handful of people on the August 18 has now turned into a mass operation, with people coming forward with food supplies and even utensils to sustain the kitchen. While one person donated 1 lakh plastic plates, others have joined in, offering to cook.
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What started as a small makeshift kitchen with a handful of people on the August 18 has now turned into a mass operation, with people coming forward with food supplies and even utensils to sustain the kitchen. While one person donated 1 lakh plastic plates, others have joined in, offering to cook.

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 From constantly creating news events for live TV and relaying Anna's message through Twitter and Facebook, Team Anna has set the news agenda, with the government trying desperately to catch up.
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From constantly creating news events for live TV and relaying Anna's message through Twitter and Facebook, Team Anna has set the news agenda, with the government trying desperately to catch up.

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 Kisan Baburao Hazare or Anna Hazare, the 74-year-old anti-corruption crusader has become a media phenomenon. A highly successful media campaign on social networking sites has built the image of the 21st century Gandhi for the media age.
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Kisan Baburao Hazare or Anna Hazare, the 74-year-old anti-corruption crusader has become a media phenomenon. A highly successful media campaign on social networking sites has built the image of the 21st century Gandhi for the media age.

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 Kiran Bedi called the breakthrough a result of Team Anna's hard work. She also expressed concern about Hazare's health as he has already lost more than 5.5 kgs over the past eight days.
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Kiran Bedi called the breakthrough a result of Team Anna's hard work. She also expressed concern about Hazare's health as he has already lost more than 5.5 kgs over the past eight days.

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 In the Lok Sabha, Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj said she has given notice for suspension of Question Hour, claiming that the government cannot wash its hands off the protests which were culmination of
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In the Lok Sabha, Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj said she has given notice for suspension of Question Hour, claiming that the government cannot wash its hands off the protests which were culmination of "corruption resorted to by the government".

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 A tiny kitchen that was set up on first day has now become a fully operational, dishing out breakfast, lunch and dinner to Anna's army.
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A tiny kitchen that was set up on first day has now become a fully operational, dishing out breakfast, lunch and dinner to Anna's army.

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 Anna's campaign has been among the top ten trending topics in India over the past few days. At one point three crore people have rung up and left missed calls. The
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Anna's campaign has been among the top ten trending topics in India over the past few days. At one point three crore people have rung up and left missed calls. The "India against Corruption" page on Facebook clocked more than three lakh supporters. Their website presents Anna's stand versus the government in simple terms.

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 Usually, he starts with slogans of 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' and 'Vande Matram'.
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Usually, he starts with slogans of 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' and 'Vande Matram'.

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 Singh's letter to Hazare offered him a personal guarantee, saying that all the contentious issue raised by him and his supporters will be looked into and resolved at the earliest.
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Singh's letter to Hazare offered him a personal guarantee, saying that all the contentious issue raised by him and his supporters will be looked into and resolved at the earliest.

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 People came in groups while some even brought their families to the venue. Anuj Gupta came with his wife, two daughters, two sons and niece to extend his support to a
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People came in groups while some even brought their families to the venue. Anuj Gupta came with his wife, two daughters, two sons and niece to extend his support to a "just" cause and to ensure a better future for their children.

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 Anna Hazare launched a similar hunger strike in May demanding a stronger anti-corruption Lok Pal Bill. He lost 2.5 kg and his blood pressure fluctuated.
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Anna Hazare launched a similar hunger strike in May demanding a stronger anti-corruption Lok Pal Bill. He lost 2.5 kg and his blood pressure fluctuated.

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 Pro-Anna Hazare agitators on Tuesday held a protest outside the private residence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the upscale Sector 11 in Chandigarh. The protesters openly defied prohibitory orders enforced on Monday by the additional district magistrate outside the house.
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Pro-Anna Hazare agitators on Tuesday held a protest outside the private residence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the upscale Sector 11 in Chandigarh. The protesters openly defied prohibitory orders enforced on Monday by the additional district magistrate outside the house.

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 However, Kejriwal made it clear that the precondition of Hazare calling his fast, which entered its eighth day on Tuesday, will be called off only if the dialogue end on a positive note. Another condition that Kejriwal put forward was that Team Anna was not willing to talks to Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and Union Telecom and HRD Minister Kapil Sibal.
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However, Kejriwal made it clear that the precondition of Hazare calling his fast, which entered its eighth day on Tuesday, will be called off only if the dialogue end on a positive note. Another condition that Kejriwal put forward was that Team Anna was not willing to talks to Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and Union Telecom and HRD Minister Kapil Sibal.

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 When asked about Congress MP and Parliament Standing Committee Chairman Abhishek Manu Singhvi's statement that the Government was willing to negotiate and bring in a strong Lokpal Bill in the next three months, Kejriwal said that the country has already waited for too long for a strong anti-corruption law.
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When asked about Congress MP and Parliament Standing Committee Chairman Abhishek Manu Singhvi's statement that the Government was willing to negotiate and bring in a strong Lokpal Bill in the next three months, Kejriwal said that the country has already waited for too long for a strong anti-corruption law.

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 Swami Agnivesh, a core member of Team Anna, said the Government has indicated keenness to enter into negotiations with them, but it is at a very
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Swami Agnivesh, a core member of Team Anna, said the Government has indicated keenness to enter into negotiations with them, but it is at a very "unofficial" stage.

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 In the first direct contact between government and Team Anna, Law Minister Salman Khurshid on Tuesday met Arvind Kejriwal and discussed the Lokpal issue in the wake of the Gandhian's indefinite fast.
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In the first direct contact between government and Team Anna, Law Minister Salman Khurshid on Tuesday met Arvind Kejriwal and discussed the Lokpal issue in the wake of the Gandhian's indefinite fast.

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 Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, a former chief minister of Maharashtra from where Hazare hails, was being speculated in the media as one who could be the government's emissary but sources close to him said he has not been sounded on the subject.
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Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, a former chief minister of Maharashtra from where Hazare hails, was being speculated in the media as one who could be the government's emissary but sources close to him said he has not been sounded on the subject.

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[caption id="attachment_803386"] Anna Hazare's associates Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi met Jama Masjid imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari here after he expressed unhappiness over their failure to involve Muslims into their campaign, but failed to break ice with the cleric.[/caption]

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 The Tamil film industry also backed Anna's campaign for a strong Lokpal bill with over 200 of its members observing a fast in Chennai. The protesters included Directors Cheran and Chitra Lakshmanan, actress Rohini and several producers and backstage artistes.
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The Tamil film industry also backed Anna's campaign for a strong Lokpal bill with over 200 of its members observing a fast in Chennai. The protesters included Directors Cheran and Chitra Lakshmanan, actress Rohini and several producers and backstage artistes.

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 Anna Hazare warned the United Progressive Alliance to pass the Jan Lokpal Bill by August 30 or face unprecedented street protests. Addressing his supporters at the Ramlila Maidan on Hazare, whose fast for a strong anti-corruption law entered its eighth day on Tuesday, Hazare exhorted them to assemble in thousands and sit on dharna outside Parliament if the Jan Lokpal Bill is not passed by August 30.
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Anna Hazare warned the United Progressive Alliance to pass the Jan Lokpal Bill by August 30 or face unprecedented street protests. Addressing his supporters at the Ramlila Maidan on Hazare, whose fast for a strong anti-corruption law entered its eighth day on Tuesday, Hazare exhorted them to assemble in thousands and sit on dharna outside Parliament if the Jan Lokpal Bill is not passed by August 30.

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 Hazare asked the people to keep on the pressure on the Government as people power is supreme in a democracy. He also appealed his supporters to remain calm and not indulge in hooliganism and violence.
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Hazare asked the people to keep on the pressure on the Government as people power is supreme in a democracy. He also appealed his supporters to remain calm and not indulge in hooliganism and violence.

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 While mentioning that he had lost almost 5.5 kg, he also thanked the team of doctors led by Dr Naresh Trehan would not let him die.
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While mentioning that he had lost almost 5.5 kg, he also thanked the team of doctors led by Dr Naresh Trehan would not let him die.

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 Anna Hazare's fast on the issue of Lokpal cast its shadow on Parliament on Tuesday with both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha witnessing opposition uproar over widespread corruption as revealed by several scams.
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Anna Hazare's fast on the issue of Lokpal cast its shadow on Parliament on Tuesday with both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha witnessing opposition uproar over widespread corruption as revealed by several scams.

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 Anna Hazare may be on an indefinite fast, but that doesn't mean those lending their voice to him at the Ramlila Maidan, are fasting as well.
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Anna Hazare may be on an indefinite fast, but that doesn't mean those lending their voice to him at the Ramlila Maidan, are fasting as well.

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 Hazare said that Lokpal Bill negotiations cannot happen with non-government mediators and added that he can talk with the Prime Minister's Office or Rahul. He also added that he was ready to talk with Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan.
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Hazare said that Lokpal Bill negotiations cannot happen with non-government mediators and added that he can talk with the Prime Minister's Office or Rahul. He also added that he was ready to talk with Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan.

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 Tamil megastar Rajinikanth on Tuesday heaped lavish praise on social activist Anna Hazare's fast against corruption that enters the eighth day on Tuesday at the capital's Ramlila grounds, and said the country had an able leader in him.
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Tamil megastar Rajinikanth on Tuesday heaped lavish praise on social activist Anna Hazare's fast against corruption that enters the eighth day on Tuesday at the capital's Ramlila grounds, and said the country had an able leader in him.

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 Scores of protesters stayed back at the spacious grounds throughout the night raising impromptu slogans, majority of which were anti-government and anti-Congress, singing patriotic songs, bhajans, and playing musical instruments like tabla and violin.
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Scores of protesters stayed back at the spacious grounds throughout the night raising impromptu slogans, majority of which were anti-government and anti-Congress, singing patriotic songs, bhajans, and playing musical instruments like tabla and violin.

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 Hazare's supporters, most of them have come from different parts of the country and some from abroad, slept wherever they could find place, in lawns, on chairs, tables, pavements, and even on the ground.
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Hazare's supporters, most of them have come from different parts of the country and some from abroad, slept wherever they could find place, in lawns, on chairs, tables, pavements, and even on the ground.

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 Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare who started his hunger strike in Tihar Jail on August 16, has now stood steadfast for a week ever as his condition deteriorates. The pictures in this gallery do not follow any particular order but is a kaleidoscope of the outpouring of support at the Ramlila Maidan fairground for the veteran activist as he presses for a stronger anti-corruption watchdog office. The description from news agencies and CNN-IBN news reports trace the Anna story, the protests, the government negotiations and Team Anna's response over a period of seven days.
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Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare who started his hunger strike in Tihar Jail on August 16, has now stood steadfast for a week ever as his condition deteriorates. The pictures in this gallery do not follow any particular order but is a kaleidoscope of the outpouring of support at the Ramlila Maidan fairground for the veteran activist as he presses for a stronger anti-corruption watchdog office. The description from news agencies and CNN-IBN news reports trace the Anna story, the protests, the government negotiations and Team Anna's response over a period of seven days.

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 Now special widgets show you the latest Anna news in your web browser. There are even online games you can play. And developers across India are releasing applications for Android and Nokia phones. They let you keep track of the movement, even on the move.
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Now special widgets show you the latest Anna news in your web browser. There are even online games you can play. And developers across India are releasing applications for Android and Nokia phones. They let you keep track of the movement, even on the move.

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 Apart from social media, a team of former TV journalists have managed Anna's television coverage. Former journalists Shazia Ilmi, Manish Sisodia and Abhinandan Sekri have created the perfect media plan.
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Apart from social media, a team of former TV journalists have managed Anna's television coverage. Former journalists Shazia Ilmi, Manish Sisodia and Abhinandan Sekri have created the perfect media plan.

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 Hazare has been making an address in the morning for the last three days setting the agenda of his protest but on Monday he did not make any statements as he took the centrestage at 9 am. He was lying on a mattress on the dais.
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Hazare has been making an address in the morning for the last three days setting the agenda of his protest but on Monday he did not make any statements as he took the centrestage at 9 am. He was lying on a mattress on the dais.

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 Another associate Arvind Kejriwal said the ketone level in Hazare's blood and urine has risen slightly.
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Another associate Arvind Kejriwal said the ketone level in Hazare's blood and urine has risen slightly.

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 Anna Hazare on Monday made it clear that he would only negotiate with either Prime Minister Manmohan Singh or Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on the Lokpal issue.
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Anna Hazare on Monday made it clear that he would only negotiate with either Prime Minister Manmohan Singh or Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on the Lokpal issue.

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 Demanding that the Lokpal Bill introduced by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government in Parliament be withdrawn immediately as it was weak and cannot fight the corruption menace, Hazare stated that state level Lokpal mechanism cannot be diluted.
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Demanding that the Lokpal Bill introduced by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government in Parliament be withdrawn immediately as it was weak and cannot fight the corruption menace, Hazare stated that state level Lokpal mechanism cannot be diluted.

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 He made it clear that he was not in favour of negotiating with non-political mediators like spiritual guru Bhayyuji Maharaj and senior Maharashtra bureaucrat UC Sarangi, who were involved in back-channel talks with Team Anna on Sunday.
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He made it clear that he was not in favour of negotiating with non-political mediators like spiritual guru Bhayyuji Maharaj and senior Maharashtra bureaucrat UC Sarangi, who were involved in back-channel talks with Team Anna on Sunday.

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 Hinting at some flexibility on the issue of excluding judiciary under the Lokpal, Hazare said that this demand could be discussed during the talks. He, however, added that the Judicial Accountability Bill must be strengthened if judiciary has to be kept out of the Lokpal.
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Hinting at some flexibility on the issue of excluding judiciary under the Lokpal, Hazare said that this demand could be discussed during the talks. He, however, added that the Judicial Accountability Bill must be strengthened if judiciary has to be kept out of the Lokpal.

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 Anna's crusade is not just stirring patriotism among youngsters, but also creating a style statement.
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Anna's crusade is not just stirring patriotism among youngsters, but also creating a style statement.

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 The Gandhi topi was not always this fashionable, it was usually spotted on politicians or people in rural India. But now, the Gandhi topi, with 'I Am Anna' written over it, has become a style statement among people - young and old.
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The Gandhi topi was not always this fashionable, it was usually spotted on politicians or people in rural India. But now, the Gandhi topi, with 'I Am Anna' written over it, has become a style statement among people - young and old.

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 o show solidarity with Anna, young people have started sporting these caps. But they say this isn't just a style statement, it's about supporting a cause. What's bothering them though is that it's taking a long time to get their hands on one.
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o show solidarity with Anna, young people have started sporting these caps. But they say this isn't just a style statement, it's about supporting a cause. What's bothering them though is that it's taking a long time to get their hands on one.

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 The man who is galvanising an entire nation against graft was himself inspired by a Hindu monk who preached the message of Indian spirituality to the world. Books on Swami Vivekanada are flying off the shelves  after Anna Hazare repeatedly referred to the philosopher-saint as the guiding light of his life.
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The man who is galvanising an entire nation against graft was himself inspired by a Hindu monk who preached the message of Indian spirituality to the world. Books on Swami Vivekanada are flying off the shelves after Anna Hazare repeatedly referred to the philosopher-saint as the guiding light of his life.

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