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
When a fading politician managed to...