Indian Activist Breaks Silence Vow

Posted November 4th, 2011 at 4:50 am (UTC-5)
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India's most prominent anti-corruption activist has ended his vow of silence and has asserted his motivation to continue his fight against corruption.

Anna Hazare ended his 19 day-long vow of silence Friday at the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi. He said he went into silence to regain his health that had suffered during a nearly two-week hunger strike in August to demand strong anti-graft laws.

Hazare said Friday he has emerged from his period of silence with renewed strength to fight corruption. He has threatened to launch another hunger strike if India does not pass an anti-graft bill in parliament's winter session.

India has a tradition of fasting for political ends. It was famously used by Mahatma Gandhi against British colonial rule.