Anna Hazare makes into CIA's Factbook
Anna Hazare and his organisation - India Against Corruption - has made it into the American spy agency CIA's World Factbook as a political pressure group in India, joining the league of RSS, Bajrang Dal, VHP and the Hurriyat Conference
74-year-old Hazare finds mention under the category 'Political pressure groups and leaders'. "All Parties Hurriyat Conference in the Kashmir Valley (separatist group); Bajrang Dal (religious organisation); India Against Corruption (Anna HAZARE); Jamiat Ulema-e Hind (religious organisation); Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh [Mohan BHAGWAT] (religious organisation); Vishwa Hindu Parishad [Ashok Singhal] (religious organisation)," says the CIA under the named category on the India page.
The page was last updated on December 20. Hazare has jumped into the Indian political scene with his campaign for a Lokpal bill. He is currently on fast in Mumbai and has asked people to be ready for an 'aar paar ki ladai' (fight to finish) to stamp out corruption and ensure that "goondas" do not enter Parliament.
Parliament has extended its winter session to debate on the Lokpal Bill which was introduced in the Lok Sabha after months of deliberations.