Social Story of Anna Hazare, byname of Kisan Baburao Hazare, an Indian social activist

Anna Hazare
Anna Hazare - Indian Social Activist

Anna Hazare Social Story, Kisan Baburao Hazare, an Indian social activist.

Anna Hazare was born in Bhingar, near Ahmadnagar, India to a farming family on June 15, 1938. Anna was the eldest son of Laxmi Bai and Baburao Hazare who worked as an unskilled laborer in Ayurveda Ashram Pharmacy. He has four brothers and two sisters.

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His father struggled to support the family financially. He adopted the name Anna, which means “elder person” or “father” in Marathi.

His siblings never attended school. At the Dadar railway station in Mumbai, he started selling flowers and eventually managed to own two flower shops in the city.

Kisan Baburao Hazare, popularly known as Anna Hazare grew up in the village of Ralegan Siddhi, near Ahmadnagar in Maharashtra state, India.

Anna Hazare led movements to promote rural development punish and investigate corruption in public life and increase government transparency.

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In 1963, Anna joined the army and becoming an army truck driver, attested as a soldier and remained in the army until 1978.

Hazare undertook army training at Aurangabad. During the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, Anna was posted at the Khem Karan sector border where he miraculously survived an enemy attack.

After completing 12 years of army driver service, Anna was honorably discharged in 1975.

Hazare eventually determined to use his life to improve the common welfare. After his military service, Hazare began a rural development social project in Ralegan Siddhi, which suffered from unemployment, poverty, drought, and crime.

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He spent his spare time reading the works of Mahatma Gandhi, Swami Vivekananda, and Vinoba Bhave.

Anna read Swami Vivekananda’s book “Call to the youth for nation-building” many times which inspired him to think deeper.

In Ralegaon Siddhi, Anna started the Bhrashtachar Virodhi Jan Andolan, a popular movement to fight against corruption in 1991.

Anna Hazare also contributed to the structuring and development of a village named Ralegan Siddhi in Parner taluka of Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra, India. In 1992, for efforts in establishing this village as a model for others, Anna was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India.

Anna Hazare lives a very austere life in a single room attached to the Sant Yadavbaba temple since 1975.

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5 April 2011, Anna started a hunger strike to exert pressure on the Indian government to enact a Lokpal Bill, a stringent anti-corruption law. After the government accepted Hazare’s demands, Anna ended fast on 9 April 2011.

Anna participated in the satyagraha movement in 2011, This campaigning for a stronger anti-corruption Lokpal bill in the Indian parliament.

It was drafted by Kiran Bedi, a social activist, former tennis player, retired Indian Police Service officer, and politician, Prashant Bhushan, Arvind Kejriwal, a social activist, and N. Santosh Hegde, Lokayukta of Karnataka and a former justice of the Supreme Court of India.

The Indian government issued a gazette notification consisting of government, civil society representatives, and formation of a joint committee to draft the legislation.

Hazare is unmarried. He owns 0.07 hectares of family land. Anna declared ₹1,500 as cash on hand and his bank balance of ₹67,183.

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