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Long ago, an activist from a small village in western India went on hunger strikes to improve his community. Now, at age 74, he is hoping to bring about change on a national scale by pressuring the government to adopt anti-corruption laws.

His tactics haven't changed: Anna Hazare, a farmer and former soldier, still goes on fasts and is getting international attention for his efforts. Modeling himself after India's famous founding father Mahatma Gandhi, he also employs civil disobedience and non-violent street protests to advance his message.

"Today if we don't take care, then what will be our future? ... Together we have to fight this struggle until the country is free of corruption," he recently told a group of supporters in Ralegan Siddhi.

Jon Sawyer, director of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, and his wife, author Kem Knapp Sawyer, recently visited Hazare's hometown of Ralegan Siddhi to learn more about the man, who has his share of supporters and detractors.

To see the full post on Anna Hazare's anti-corruption movement, visit the PBS NewsHour website.


Anna Hazare speaks with supporters in Ralegan Siddhi in India.
Anna Hazare, inspired by Gandhi, transformed a village—Ralegan Siddhi, his hometown. Now, 74 years old, he wants to rid his country of corruption using the same tactics of non-violent resistance.


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