Anna Hazare's fast in March this year had the whole of Delhi queuing up to light candles. But his preventive arrest, and dharna inside Tihar Jail, notched up unprecedented support across the country for his movement.
With his aide Kiran Bedi tweeting regularly, and posting a video from inside the jail of Anna's speech, the septuagenarian crusader against corruption rose to iconic status thanks to his three-day stint in jail.
Would his fast have got as much publicity and momentum had the government let him be, instead of swooping in to make a preventive arrest, and then blaming the Delhi Police? We'll never know.
Bedi Revolving Doors
The former top cop, who was instrumental in reforming Tihar Jail – and even changing its name to Tihar Ashram – found herself on the other side of the bars earlier this year.
Kiran Bedi was one of the Team Anna members to be arrested ahead of Hazare's proposed fast. She was back within hours, though, and with her phone camera, brought back some of the action with her.
Image: Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare gestures to supporters as he walks on-stage to break his fast on the 13th day of his hunger strike at the Ram Lila grounds in New Delhi, on August 28, 2011.Also by Nandini Krishnan: Have we finally had enough of Facebook?
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