24 November, 2020

For Causerati To Pull A Fast One?

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

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

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




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