Protests, rallies,marches, demonstrations, strikes etc. are quite common in India, the world 's largest democracy. People express their angst and emotions through them. They demand justice, social action and government intervention. Most of this public activity is politically motivated. Every now and then we come face to face with them.
But the month of August saw the mother of all campaigns which united the whole of India and made the ruling coalition government sweat profusely.
Mr Hazare went on a fast which lasted for 12 days and kept everyone on tenterhooks and glued to the TV.
I am quite skeptical of the Lokpal Anti corruption bill which is the bone of contention between the government and social and civil activists.
It will take more than a law to eradicate or at least lessen the corruption an d moral decay which has seeped into our society. A change of heart is required.
(A BBC report)
Mr Hazare's campaign to strengthen an anti-corruption bill has received widespread support, with tens of thousands of people attending protests across the country.
The Indian government has been rocked by recent corruption scandals including an alleged telecoms bribery scam that may have cost the country $39bn (£23bn), suspected financial malpractice linked to the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games and accusation that homes for war widows were diverted to civil servants.
Critics of the government say the scandals point to a pervasive culture of corruption in Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's administration.
A recent survey said corruption in Asia's third largest economy had cost billions of dollars and threatened to derail growth.
A model of Anna Hazare
Social activists taking a stand
A local politician giving an interview.
I am calling Anna Hazare , India' s new Messiah because he was able to rally toegther his countrymen of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life together for a common cause. They found a role model in him, an idealist, a Gandhi like hero.