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For Causerati To Pull A Fast One?

Political fasts as a weapon of protest recall Gandhi, but now exhibit a more ambiguous moral purpose

For Causerati To Pull A Fast One?
P. Anil Kumar
For Causerati To Pull A Fast One?
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Fast Backward

Famous fasters of the post-Gandhi era

Potti Sriramulu His death in December 1952, 58 days into his fast for a separate Andhra Pradesh, triggered violent protests, forcing Nehru’s hand

Irom Sharmila Fasting to no avail since 2000 for the repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act


 

M. Karunanidhi Fasted briefly “after breakfast until lunch”, as the quip went, to demand a ceasefire in Sri Lanka

 

Medha Patkar Veteran hunger-striker for the rights of those displaced by big dams and land acquisition projects 

 

 

Sunderlal Bahuguna Fasted in 1995 and 1997 to protest the construction of the Tehri dam

 

 

Mamata Banerjee Her high-voltage 25-day fast in ’06 over Singur pushed the West Bengal government into a corner

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