Anna - 13 Days That Awakened India
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Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers India
Anna Hazare’s fast unto death, demanding the implementation of a strong Lokpal Bill, was a watershed moment in post-independence India. Coming soon after a slew of corruption exposés, the movement galvanised an increasingly disenchanted middle class like nothing had in decades. Well-known Hindi journalist Ashutosh weaves together the story of the thirteen days in 2011 that changed India. He had a ringside view of the developments, stationed as he was at the Ramlila grounds in New Delhi, the venue of the fast, and had intimate access to the two warring parties: the Congress government at the Centre and Team Anna. Ashutosh evokes the Jayaprakash Narayan movement and Gandhi’s satyagraha, and mines the history of India’s post-independence politics to understand the phenomenon that is Anna Hazare.