I always knew there was something to these hunger strikes. So here is what its really about. No eating from 10am to 8pm, if I am not mistaken. The remaining hours they can load themselves up as much as they want. Like a camel :D.
Now our muslim friends do this for over a whole month towards their fasting. Eating only before sunrise and after sunset. Some don't even consuming water during these hours. All that these people who proclaim a hunger strike do are actually just fasting, which is good for health too :). They ain't gonna die. But they will give an expression and look as though they are parched and enroute to death.
Works well in the political scene thought ;). In fact very well, coz the media is always prowling to make a sensation of such incidents. Especially now that they have run out of good stories. More over people are naive enough to think that the person is going through hell for some cause. They are politicians and they have nothing better to do ;). They would do anything to be in the limelight. I am not informed enough to be judgemental. But am also wondering if the politicians are informed enough to stop acting silly. Or maybe they do and playing their odds to gain popularity. What a mind job #-o.