While protests, strikes and bandhs are a regular feature of Indian life, in 2011 the anti-corruption movement was more focused and effective in rattling the government of the day.
A series of movements and agitations led to the April Jantar Mantar movement. That in turn led to the Anna Hazare fast at the Ramlila Grounds and the subsequent national agitation. For days, the news channels showed little else, all the politicians of the land had nothing else on their minds.
All in all, lakhs of people came out on the streets and showed their support for the Anna movement.
Millions nodded approvingly in front of the TV screens in the comfort of their living rooms.
The Lokpal Bill was first introduced in 1968, but only in the Global Spring of 2011 has the ombudsman gained a new urgency.
2012 could well see more intense agitations and people movements.
Image: A supporter of Indian anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare participates in a protest in New Delhi, India, Tuesday on December 27th, 2011 (Photo Credit: AP)