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What Anna Hazare's Movement and India's New Middle Classes Say about Each Other

Anna Hazare's hunger strike against corruption in April 2011 attracted disparate intellectual strands from within the Indian middle class. These strands brought complementary skills to the table. The neo-Gandhians conferred legitimacy; India Shining provided energy and finances; and Legal Activists helped navigate the legislative path. The movement also attracted the opprobrium of the Independent Left. Understanding these intellectual strands helps explain the Anna Hazare movement. Equally, the movement sheds light on India's new middle classes and their forms of political engagement.

Doing a Rashomon on the Hindutva Cases

The Hindutva cases regarding corrupt electoral practices, decided by the Supreme Court in 1995, can be seen as events with many symbolisms, narrated differently from the perspectives of the liberal, the secularist, the Sangh parivar, and the author. These narratives with the same characters but much that is different bring to mind the Akira Kurosowa classic Rashomon which tells the story of a woman's rape and a man's murder from the point of view of four different narrators. In both, the analysis depends on the particular viewpoint and the questions to which answers are sought.
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