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<p>Veteran social activist Anna Hazare inspects a school building under-construction in the Ralegan Siddhi village, located in the Ahmednagar district, in Maharashtra on June 17, 2011. Clad in white home-spun garments and living in a spartan room of his village's temple, Hazare is an unlikely thorn in the side of the government hundreds of miles away in New Delhi. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui</p>

Veteran social activist Anna Hazare inspects a school building under-construction in the Ralegan Siddhi village, located in the Ahmednagar district, in Maharashtra on June 17, 2011. Clad in white home-spun garments and living in a spartan room of his...more

Veteran social activist Anna Hazare inspects a school building under-construction in the Ralegan Siddhi village, located in the Ahmednagar district, in Maharashtra on June 17, 2011. Clad in white home-spun garments and living in a spartan room of his village's temple, Hazare is an unlikely thorn in the side of the government hundreds of miles away in New Delhi. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>Veteran social activist Anna Hazare adjusts his glasses as he gives an interview in the Ralegan Siddhi village, in Maharashtra on June 17, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui</p>

Veteran social activist Anna Hazare adjusts his glasses as he gives an interview in the Ralegan Siddhi village, in Maharashtra on June 17, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Veteran social activist Anna Hazare adjusts his glasses as he gives an interview in the Ralegan Siddhi village, in Maharashtra on June 17, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>Veteran social activist Anna Hazare walks through dining hall of a school he founded in Ralegan Siddhi village, located in the Ahmednagar district about 250km (155 miles) south east of Mumbai June 17, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui</p>

Veteran social activist Anna Hazare walks through dining hall of a school he founded in Ralegan Siddhi village, located in the Ahmednagar district about 250km (155 miles) south east of Mumbai June 17, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Veteran social activist Anna Hazare walks through dining hall of a school he founded in Ralegan Siddhi village, located in the Ahmednagar district about 250km (155 miles) south east of Mumbai June 17, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>Children play a game of kabaddi on the grounds of a school in the Ralegan Siddhi village, in Maharashtra on June 16, 2011. The school was founded by veteran social activist Anna Hazare in 1979. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui</p>

Children play a game of kabaddi on the grounds of a school in the Ralegan Siddhi village, in Maharashtra on June 16, 2011. The school was founded by veteran social activist Anna Hazare in 1979. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Children play a game of kabaddi on the grounds of a school in the Ralegan Siddhi village, in Maharashtra on June 16, 2011. The school was founded by veteran social activist Anna Hazare in 1979. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>Students touch the feet of veteran social activist Anna Hazare as a sign of respect as he visits one of his schools in the Ralegan Siddhi village in Maharashtra on June 17, 2011. For millions of Indians, he is a 21st-century Mahatma Gandhi, inspiring a rare wave of protests against the spiralling corruption that has tarnished the up-and-coming image of Asia's third-largest economy. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui</p>

Students touch the feet of veteran social activist Anna Hazare as a sign of respect as he visits one of his schools in the Ralegan Siddhi village in Maharashtra on June 17, 2011. For millions of Indians, he is a 21st-century Mahatma Gandhi, inspiring...more

Students touch the feet of veteran social activist Anna Hazare as a sign of respect as he visits one of his schools in the Ralegan Siddhi village in Maharashtra on June 17, 2011. For millions of Indians, he is a 21st-century Mahatma Gandhi, inspiring a rare wave of protests against the spiralling corruption that has tarnished the up-and-coming image of Asia's third-largest economy. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>Veteran social activist Anna Hazare gestures as he speaks during an interview in the Ralegan Siddhi village in Maharashtra June 17, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui</p>

Veteran social activist Anna Hazare gestures as he speaks during an interview in the Ralegan Siddhi village in Maharashtra June 17, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Veteran social activist Anna Hazare gestures as he speaks during an interview in the Ralegan Siddhi village in Maharashtra June 17, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>Veteran social activist Anna Hazare holds his hands as he gives an interview in the Ralegan Siddhi village, in Maharashtra June 17, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui</p>

Veteran social activist Anna Hazare holds his hands as he gives an interview in the Ralegan Siddhi village, in Maharashtra June 17, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Veteran social activist Anna Hazare holds his hands as he gives an interview in the Ralegan Siddhi village, in Maharashtra June 17, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>Students pray during a morning assembly at a school in the Ralegan Siddhi village June 17, 2011. The school was founded by veteran social activist Anna Hazare in 1979. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui</p>

Students pray during a morning assembly at a school in the Ralegan Siddhi village June 17, 2011. The school was founded by veteran social activist Anna Hazare in 1979. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Students pray during a morning assembly at a school in the Ralegan Siddhi village June 17, 2011. The school was founded by veteran social activist Anna Hazare in 1979. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>Veteran social activist Anna Hazare listens to a question during an interview in the Ralegan Siddhi village in Maharashtra June 17, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui</p>

Veteran social activist Anna Hazare listens to a question during an interview in the Ralegan Siddhi village in Maharashtra June 17, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Veteran social activist Anna Hazare listens to a question during an interview in the Ralegan Siddhi village in Maharashtra June 17, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>A portrait of veteran social activist Anna Hazare hangs on the wall of a restaurant in Ralegan Siddhi village, in Maharashtra, June 17, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui</p>

A portrait of veteran social activist Anna Hazare hangs on the wall of a restaurant in Ralegan Siddhi village, in Maharashtra, June 17, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A portrait of veteran social activist Anna Hazare hangs on the wall of a restaurant in Ralegan Siddhi village, in Maharashtra, June 17, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>A tailor sews clothes at his shop in the Ralegan Siddhi village, in Maharashtra June 17, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui</p>

A tailor sews clothes at his shop in the Ralegan Siddhi village, in Maharashtra June 17, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A tailor sews clothes at his shop in the Ralegan Siddhi village, in Maharashtra June 17, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>An employee sits outside a flour mill in the Ralegan Siddhi village, in Maharashtra June 17, 2011. The village is home to veteran social activist Anna Hazare.  REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui</p>

An employee sits outside a flour mill in the Ralegan Siddhi village, in Maharashtra June 17, 2011. The village is home to veteran social activist Anna Hazare. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

An employee sits outside a flour mill in the Ralegan Siddhi village, in Maharashtra June 17, 2011. The village is home to veteran social activist Anna Hazare. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>A man gets a haircut at a barber shop in the Ralegan Siddhi village in Maharashtra June 17, 2011. The village is home to veteran Indian social activist Anna Hazare. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui</p>

A man gets a haircut at a barber shop in the Ralegan Siddhi village in Maharashtra June 17, 2011. The village is home to veteran Indian social activist Anna Hazare. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A man gets a haircut at a barber shop in the Ralegan Siddhi village in Maharashtra June 17, 2011. The village is home to veteran Indian social activist Anna Hazare. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>Veteran social activist Anna Hazare speaks during an interview  in Maharashtra June 17, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui</p>

Veteran social activist Anna Hazare speaks during an interview in Maharashtra June 17, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Veteran social activist Anna Hazare speaks during an interview in Maharashtra June 17, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>Veteran social activist Anna Hazare adjusts his glasses as he gives an interview in  in Maharashtra June 17, 2011. Clad in white home-spun garments and living in a spartan room of his village's temple, Hazare is an unlikely thorn in the side of the government hundreds of miles away in New Delhi. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui</p>

Veteran social activist Anna Hazare adjusts his glasses as he gives an interview in in Maharashtra June 17, 2011. Clad in white home-spun garments and living in a spartan room of his village's temple, Hazare is an unlikely thorn in the side of the...more

Veteran social activist Anna Hazare adjusts his glasses as he gives an interview in in Maharashtra June 17, 2011. Clad in white home-spun garments and living in a spartan room of his village's temple, Hazare is an unlikely thorn in the side of the government hundreds of miles away in New Delhi. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>A girl eats a mango while sitting in a hammock inside her house in the Ralegan Siddhi village in Maharashtra June 17, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui</p>

A girl eats a mango while sitting in a hammock inside her house in the Ralegan Siddhi village in Maharashtra June 17, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A girl eats a mango while sitting in a hammock inside her house in the Ralegan Siddhi village in Maharashtra June 17, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>Students attend class at a school in the Ralegan Siddhi village in Maharashtra June 17, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui</p>

Students attend class at a school in the Ralegan Siddhi village in Maharashtra June 17, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Students attend class at a school in the Ralegan Siddhi village in Maharashtra June 17, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>A man walks out of a computer institute in the Ralegan Siddhi village in Maharashtra June 17, 2011. The village is home to veteran Indian social activist Anna Hazare. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui</p>

A man walks out of a computer institute in the Ralegan Siddhi village in Maharashtra June 17, 2011. The village is home to veteran Indian social activist Anna Hazare. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A man walks out of a computer institute in the Ralegan Siddhi village in Maharashtra June 17, 2011. The village is home to veteran Indian social activist Anna Hazare. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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