Conflict & Justice

Indian Anti-Corruption Activist Anna Hazare Goes on Hunger Strike

The lower house of the Indian parliament passed a bill Tuesday to create an anti-corruption ombudsman.

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The lawmakers had to act after months of public demonstrations brought thousands of Indians into the streets to protest government graft.

Meanwhile anti-corruption activist in India, Anna Hazare began a three-day hunger strike, his third this year. He has been campaigning for a stronger law to check corruption than the one being debated in India's parliament.

Anchor Lisa Mullins talks to Vikas Bajaj, a New York Times correspondent who was present at a rally in Mumbai Tuesday. He tells why this is such an emotive issue in the country.