1 Sep 2011

Campaigner goes home after 13 day fast

10:07 am on 1 September 2011

An anti-corruption campaigner in India whose hunger strike made him a national hero, has left hospital and headed home to a rousing welcome.

Anna Hazare, 74, had been in hospital in New Delhi since Sunday, when he ended a protest that forced a government u-turn on corruption legislation. His fast had lasted 13 days.

Over 40,000 supporters were there to witness the end of the fast.

Mr Hazare flew to the western city of Pune on Wednesday evening before travelling to his home village of Ralegan Siddhi.

After initially arresting Mr Hazare and dismissing him as an anarchist, the government backed down and promised to examine his proposals.

Mr Hazare has threatened to repeat his protest if parliament goes back on its promises.