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INDIA 30 Jan 2013 Anna Hazare on the road for stiffer anti-corruption law
Social crusader and Gandhian protester Anna Hazare begins a nationwide awareness-raising journey across India that is aimed at

January 30, 2013 - NULL

INDIA 30 Jan 2013 Anna Hazare on the road for stiffer anti-corruption law
Social crusader and Gandhian protester Anna Hazare begins a nationwide awareness-raising journey across India that is aimed at pressing the Indian government to enact the Jan Lokpal (citizen ombudsman) law. Activists see the proposed law, which would install an independent body for investigating corruption cases, as stronger than the government's proposed Lokpal Act. The movement is gaining traction because of public outrage over a string of corruption charges against the governing Congress Party. He has also spoken out against proposed reforms that lift government restrictions

INDIA 30 Jan 2013 Anna Hazare on the road for stiffer anti-corruption law
Social crusader and Gandhian protester Anna Hazare begins a nationwide awareness-raising journey across India that is aimed at pressing the Indian government to enact the Jan Lokpal (citizen ombudsman) law. Activists see the proposed law, which would install an independent body for investigating corruption cases, as stronger than the government's proposed Lokpal Act. The movement is gaining traction because of public outrage over a string of corruption charges against the governing Congress Party. He has also spoken out against proposed reforms that lift government restrictions on retail chains, such as Walmart, operating in India. Some opponents of the reforms are invoking the British East India Company and British Raj to make their case.

The movement is looking for a headquarters in Delhi, where Hazare held two hunger protests in 2011. He wants the Jan Lokpal passed by 2014, and is expanding his team to ramp up the quest, according to India Today.

The New York Times reports that among these reforms is the lifting of restrictions on foreign retail chains investing in India. The government has allowed these companies to own up to 51 percent of their Indian ventures as long as they comply with certain conditions. The change became controversial after various political parties played on the fears of millions of small local shop owners who fear that they will become irrelevant if stores like Walmart and Carrefour come to India. The newspaper notes that some politicians have even invoked an old Indian fear of the East India Company, the British firm that came to trade with India and ended up ruling it. (WRITTEN NOV 2012)

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Date written/update: 2013-01-30