India's anti-corruption protests (PHOTOS)

Activists from India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) hold lighted torches and candles during a protest march in New Delhi on August 16, 2011, against the arrest of Indian social activist Anna Hazare.

Thousands have galvanized around 74-year-old Anna Hazare, the Gandhian activist who first launched a "fast unto death" anti-corruption protest back in April.

Delhi police arrested Hazare on Tuesday morning, also detaining thousands of his supporters. In an about face later that day, they released Hazare.

But Hazare refused to leave the jail without written permission that he could continue his hunger strike.

So far, everything the authorities have done to quell the demonstrations has backfired, with some commentators even hinting at the Indian version of the Arab Spring.