London/New York: Anna Hazare's crusade against corruption has attracted a great deal of attention in the British media and among the NRI community which today welcomed the end of his fast.

British parliamentarian Lord Swraj Paul said he was relieved that the 74-year-old Gandhian has called of his 12- day-old fast after setting the agenda for the eradication of corruption in the country.

"Anna Hazare has awakened India as no one else to the evil of corruption and deserves full admiration," he said.

The NRI industrialist said that he had watched with admiration the intense debate in the Indian Parliament on Saturday which showed the strength of Indian democracy.

"The speeches of Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and the leaders of opposition Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley were of the highest caliber," he said.

"All in all, the success of people's power is a great milestone for Indian democracy. I hope the promises made in parliament to deal with corruption are followed through," Paul said.

"Mr Hazare does not have, or aspire to, anything like Gandhi's stature," prominent British daily, the Guardian said.

"He does not confront, as Gandhi did, his followers' complicity in social evils, an aspect of his career underlined by subtitle - His Struggle With India - of a recent book on Gandhi. But Mr Hazare has found an issue - and is exerting a leverage which on balance must be good for India," the paper wrote.

"A fast unto death is a touchy subject in India because of the memory of Mahatma Gandhi, who used the tactic against the British. One thing successive viceroys and Prime Ministers particularly feared was the popular uprising that would quickly follow if he died on their watch..," leading author Patrick French noted in his piece on Hazare in the Daily Telegraph.

Hazare has hundreds of supporters in Britain, many of whom took to the streets to voice their support to his crusade against corruption.

Indian-Americans in New York celebrated Parliament's endorsement of social activist Anna Hazare's three key demands on Lok Pal Bill, saying it demonstrated the power of the people and of the Indian democracy.

Volunteers of the 'India Against Corruption' organization in New Jersey and Boston held gatherings in support of Hazare, hailing his victory against corruption in the country.

The passage of the resolution on the bill "is a victory of the Indian people and the Indian democracy," IAC volunteer in New Jersey Deepak Gupta said.

He said Indians around the world have been closely following Hazare's 12-day fast and the parliamentary debate on the Lokpal Bill.

After the resolution was passed, Gupta said a handful of Indians carried out a march in New Jersey waiving the tricolour, carrying banners, distributing sweets and singing the national anthem.

Hazare's campaign brought the people of India together and "we now see what their unity and resolve has achieved," Gupta added.

The India Against Corruption's Boston chapter organised a gathering at Harvard University, in solidarity with the anti-corruption movement in India, the chapter's member Suman Kumar said.

People turned out in large numbers for the gathering and were "jubilant" at Hazare's victory in sowing the seeds for a historic anti-coruption law for India.

"Anna has proved stronger than Irene," Kumar said referring to the hurricane smashing the US east coast.

"There is a feeling of satisfaction on this initial victory but the battle has just begun and we pledge our support to Hazare for his long-term fight," Kumar added.

(Agencies)