The Indian anti-corruption activist Swami Ramdev started his hunger fast four days ago in Delhi. All was going fine. The Indian government agreed to most of his demands even before he started his fast, but it soon backtracked and negotiations failed.
The situation is being compared to the emergency that was imposed on June 25th of 1975, when the government in power then used similar tactics to suppress an uprising against corruption. 35 years later, history seems to be repeating itself. The difference is tht this time the media (TV and social media) is much stronger, and correct information reaches the masses almost instantly, and digital activism empowers them to express and protest.
What has happened after June 4th?
Ramdev is continuing his fast from his headquarters at Haridwar, since he is exiled from Delhi and is barred from entering the capital for the next 15 days (till 20th June). He has appealed to all his followers to continue nationwide protest in a peaceful manner following Gandhian means.
A peaceful movement by spiritual leaders and civil society is being hijacked by opposition political parties as they plan to add fuel to the fire by holding symbolic fasts across the country.