India Halfway to Anti-Corruption Law

It took 42 years, but India might get its anticorruption bill after all. The country's lower house of Parliament passed the bill more than four decades after one was demanded—it now awaits the upper house's approval. India's middle class has rallied around activist Anna Hazare in a collective effort to get an anticorruption law passed. Hazare started fasting today in hopes of drawing support for the creation of a new anticorruption agency, which would keep an eye on politicians and bureaucrats. Whether the bill that made it through the lower house meets Hazare's demands remains to be seen.