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India protests 'an opportunity for new level of maturity'

The tense stand-off between the Indian government and a veteran anti-corruption campaigner is continuing with the campaigner Anna Hazare, rejecting an offer to free him.

Mr Hazare has said he will go on hunger strike until he is allowed to continue his original protest, demanding a radical overhaul of anti-corruption legislation.

Protesters have taken to the streets to show solidarity and have also held a candle light vigil.

Professor Jagdeep Chhokar, is a founding member of the Association For Democratic Reforms which promotes fair elections in India and aims to expose candidates with a record of corruption.

He told the BBC's Rico Hizon that the developments following Mr Hazare's arrest offer "an opportunity for the entire political class to rise up to a new level of maturity".

  • 17 Aug 2011
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