1. Shakeup

    Is India Heading Toward Arab Spring?

    Activists of India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party and supporters of prominent anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare shout slogan during a protest in Amritsar, India, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh lashed out at India's most prominent anti-corruption crusader Wednesday, accusing the fasting activist of trying to circumvent democracy by demanding Parliament pass a reform bill he supports. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

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    A spontaneous wave of uprisings in India, sparked by the arrest on Tuesday of 74-year-old social activist Anna Hazare in New Delhi, has some wondering if the world’s biggest democracy could be headed for a political shake-up. While few expect a chaotic overthrow such as that in Egypt, citizens have banded together to protest a government plagued with corruption charges, miles of red tape, and insufficient services. While a democracy, India has been governed by the same dynasty since independence in 1947, and opposition parties traditionally garner little support. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has blasted the activist's hunger strike as purely "undemocratic." Hazare will be released Thursday, and then will start his hunger strike.

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