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.