Backstory: Protests in India

Thursday, August 25, 2011

A battle over anti-corruption legislation has led to major protests and hunger strikes in India. Mira Kamdar, senior fellow at the World Policy Institute and associate fellow at the Asia Society, fills us in on what’s going on there for today’s Backstory.


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Comments [5]

RK from india

Mira , what you say is not correct. Anyways reporters always have to say something what is not true, to get attention.
She has also written about india in one of her books, which is far from fact.
I see, she does not look at the positives of this country ever.
I hope you change your view, of this changing super power.
You had your roots here too.
Sad to see you report this way. You yourself were in Paris during this time.

Aug. 29 2011 02:53 AM
David Ogunde from Brooklyn, NY

the guest speaker described the Indian general who is on hunger strike as "not very Ghandian" in terms of him being against removing the caste system. However, Ghandi proved himself to be very much about the caste system during his stay in South Africa. He described Africans there as being less than the Indian race. He wrote columns of this nature in the newpapers to appease the British. So in his mind Blacks were not seen as adequate in their own land. So, doesn't this make the General who refused to leave jail quite Ghandian?

Aug. 25 2011 02:22 PM

Mira, you started well but this discussion and raising this bogey of Hindu Right was not accurate. Muslims, Christians, Left, Right all are supporting his movement. Hindu is becoming the new swear word. Any person or idea or movement, jut put the "H" word as a tag and debate is lost and over. Guild by association is a long abused tactic used in US politics. Thank god you didn't use Nazi or Fascist as many tend to do

Aug. 25 2011 02:02 PM
David from Fredericksburg, VA

I came in, in the middle of the story & thought they were talking about the US!

Aug. 25 2011 01:54 PM
Atul Kumar from Jersey City, NJ

As a part of the volunteer team that supported this movement in US. 15 of us assembled in snow at Union Square on 29th Januray, then 450+ at Times Square on 9th April I can assure that this movement is like nothing that India or World has witnessed before. It is peaceful, organized and spontaneous. Next Saturday, we are organizing an event at UN 1pm to support the cause. Corruption is at the heart of most problems that India or world faces and this demand for Jan Lokpal is a small but significant step towards institutional solution

Aug. 25 2011 01:09 PM

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