Washington, Dec 12 (IANS) Anna Hazare’s fasts in opposition to corruption in India just made it to Time magazine’s top ten world-news stories headed by ‘The Arab Spring Blooms in Tunisia and Egypt with ‘The Killing of ‘Osama bin Laden’ next.
Listing Anna Hazare’s Starvation Fasts Rock India, in the tenth place, the US magazine said: ‘In a year using more than its share of protests globally, probably the most remarkable act of dissent were held in India, in which the nation’s dominating coalition took flak for a host of corruption matters implicating a large number of major politicians.’
Anna Hazare, a 74-year-old activist having a Gandhian air, commanded something of the Mahatma’s aura when he embarked on a number of hunger strikes in protest of the graft that his followers say pervades all strata of Indian society, it noted.
Other stories that figured in the list were: 3. Japan’s Triple Disaster, 4. Europe’s Financial Crisis, 5. The Fall of Gaddafi, 6. The Arab Spring in the Weeds (about Syria, Yemen), 7. Famine in the Horn of Africa, 8. The Utoya Massacre (in Norway) and 9. Dream of Palestinian Statehood Deferred.
Top 10 US-News Stories list was headed by ‘Occupy Wall Street Protests Spread’ followed by 2. The Republican Presidential Race, 3. The Economy, 4. Iraq: The Long Goodbye, 5. Gabrielle Giffords Shooting, 6. The Penn State Child Sex Abuse Scandal, 7. The Debt-Ceiling Crisis, 8. The Death of Steve Jobs, 9. Freak Weather and 10. The Execution of Troy Davis.