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Updated: December 8, 2011 14:00 IST

Anna’s movement among top 10 news stories of 2011: Time

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In this August 28, 2011 file photo, social activist Anna Hazare breaks his fast against corruption with coconut water and honey offered by childrens at Ramlila Ground, in New Delhi. Photo:Sandeep Saxena
The Hindu In this August 28, 2011 file photo, social activist Anna Hazare breaks his fast against corruption with coconut water and honey offered by childrens at Ramlila Ground, in New Delhi. Photo:Sandeep Saxena

Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption movement that saw Indians rally in support has been named among the top 10 news stories in the world this year by <i>Time</i> magazine, which listed the Arab Spring and killing of Osama bin Laden as the top attention-grabbing headlines.

Time magazine compiled 54 wide-ranging lists of the top 10 happenings in 2011 in the field of politics, entertainment, business, sports and pop culture.

Among the ‘Top 10 World-News Stories’ is “Anna Hazare’s Hunger Fasts Rock India” with the magazine saying that “in a year with more than its share of protests worldwide, perhaps the most striking act of dissent took place in India, where the country’s ruling coalition took flak for a host of corruption cases implicating a number of leading politicians“.

Mr. Hazare’s “fasts — even the threat of them — triggered mass demonstrations of support across India’s major cities and heaped pressure on the government to create an independent ombudsman body capable of investigating the nation’s political elites — even the Prime Minister — and bringing the corrupt to justice”.

It said the mass support 74-year old Mr. Hazare commanded, particularly from India’s burgeoning middle class, is a “sign of the growing frustrations and aspirations of those in the world’s largest democracy”.

The top news stories of 2011 were the Arab Spring that spread to a number of countries and the killing of bin Laden in a covert US raid in Abbottabad, besides the famine in the Horn of Africa, fall of longtime Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi and Europe’s financial crisis.

In a different category, Time magazine said the death of religious leader Sathya Sai Baba was among the top 10 ’Religion Stories’ of 2011.

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