Anna Hazare — Gandhi is alive in India

Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.

We all complain, but do nothing about it. Here is one man who has given a clarion call to root out corruption in India.

Short Biography

Anna Hazare was born as Kisan Baburao Hazare on January 15, 1940 in Bhingar,Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra. This well-known social worker hails from a modest background. His father was an unskilled laborer and they owned 5 acres of cultivable land. Adverse farming conditions pushed their family into the grip of poverty and in 1952 Hazare moved into his ancestral home in Ralegan Siddhi. He was brought up by a childless aunt who financed his education in Mumbai but financial instability pushed him into selling flowers for a living and he had to quit studies after class VII. Soon after he was recruited in the Indian Army and trained as a truck driver and was given a posting in Punjab. His days in the Army were spent in reading books by great philosophers like Swami Vivekananda, Mahatma Gandhi and Acharya Vinoba Bhave. Their thoughts inspired him to devote his life to social work. Two near-fatal mishaps in the 1965 war with Pakistan changed his outlook towards life and seeking voluntary retirement from the army he returned to his ancestral village in 1975. Ralegan Siddhi, his ancestral village, was then in the grip of drought and poverty.

Back to Relegan Siddhi

For the betterment of the condition of the village he began to work independently. He used his entire savings for the developmental work of the village. He motivated the villagers into voluntary labor by his Gandhian philosophy. Canals and bunds were built to hold rainwater which solved the water scarcity problem and also increased irrigational possibilities in the village. Solar panels were fitted all over the village to provide electricity, biogas plants met the people’s need for household fuel and wind pumps too were set-up.

Change — He Believed In

The village no longer suffered from water scarcity and it has its own grain bank, milk bank and a school. Poverty no longer existed in the village and Hazare himself has successfully motivated the villagers to give up vices like alcohol. Great emphasis is also laid on education, removal of untouchability and collective marriage and the setting up of the Gram Sabha.

Anna Hazare has truly emerged as the “anna” or elder brother of his village and his stature today is no less than that of a saint. His immense appeal was proved when he was once arrested in connection with a defamation case in 1998. Following mass public protests, he was immediately released. His achievements have won him many awards like the Indira Priyadarshini Vrikshamitra award,the Krishi Bhushana award, the Padmashree.

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Awards

  • Padmashree award by government of India in the year 1990
  • Indira Priyadarshini Vrikshamitra award, by government of India on November 19, 1986 from the hands of Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi.
  • Krishi Bhushana award by Maharashtra government in 1989.
  • Felicitation by Ahmednagar Municipal Corporation 15 January 1987
  • Felicitation by Pune Municipal Corporation.
  • On April 15, 2008, Kisan Baburao Hazare received the World Bank’s 2008 Jit Gill Memorial Award for Outstanding Public Service: “Hazare created a thriving model village in Ralegan Siddhi, in the impoverished Ahmednagar region of Maharashtra state, and championed the right to information and the fight against corruption.”

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18 Comments

  1. We are proud of you Anna sir, I hope your step work for India….go ahead….all Indian with you….great blog!

  2. Anna Hazare’s movement of anti corruption will bring a great change in India.The honest people are loosing face amongst the corrupt dons.The honest people have no say and suffer at evry nook and corner because of corruption. I fully support this movement and wish Anna Sir, a great success and long life.

  3. SHREE ANNA HAJAREJI, INDORE, DT.07/04/2011
    REALLY U R DOING A GREAT SERVICE TO THE NATION TO ROOT OUT DEEP ROOTED CORRUPTION IN INDIAN SYSTEM. IN FACT IT HAS BECOME A WAY OF LIFE & THE PEOPLE TAKE IT VERY LIGHTELY AND NOT SERIOUSLY AS U DID. I PRAY FOR UR SUCCESS IN THE MISSION THAT U HAVE INITIATED. IT WILL CHANGE THE FACE OF THE NATION. BUT PRESENT POLITICIONS & BERAUCRATS WOULD NOT LIKE THE CHANGE U WISH BRING ABOUT. HAPPILY THE YOUNG GENERATION IS WITH U TO SHARE UR MOVEMENT. THE CORRUPTION IS RAMPANT IN THE COUNTRY & IT IS TAKING COUNTRY TO DOGS. I APPRECITE UR SPIRIT & I FULLY SUPPORT U.

  4. Anna sir I love your spirit.We all are with you.Your anti corruption movement will bring a great change in India.We have to change our India.We will support u in doing it.

  5. Anna Hazare’s movement of anti corruption will bring a great change in India.PRESENT POLITICIONS WOULD NOT LIKE THE CHANGE U WISH BRING ABOUT. HAPPILY THE YOUNG GENERATION IS WITH U TO SHARE UR MOVEMENT. THE CORRUPTION IS RAMPANT IN THE COUNTRY & IT IS TAKING COUNTRY TO DOGS. I APPRECAITE UR SPIRIT & I WILL SUPPORT U

  6. Annaji, Pranam. hum aur poora desh aapke sath hai, jo aap kar rahe hai us kaam ko karne ki shakti bhagwan ne sabko di hai lekin log apne swarth ke karan aisa nahi kar pate. Aap jo kar rahe hai wo kisi bhi bhagwan ki pooja aur prathna se baad kar hai, is muhim aur jan aandolan me hum sab aapke sath hai.

  7. Anna sir, this is a great success for the common people of whole nation for raising the voice against corruption.. thanx for standing for all of us. Long live anna sir…

  8. Anna really great.
    but as far as corruption is concern i think gandhigiri is not helps too much. some time Anna have to change himself from Gandhi to Tilak. and all of us have to support Anna……

    getting started

  9. अन्ना हजारे हम तुमरे साथ है !आखरी सास तक
    तुम सिर्फ हिम्मत मत हारो पूरा देश जाग रहा है
    इस चिंगारी को इतना भड़काओ के पुरे देश की
    आवाम जाग जाये !
    भ्रस्त नेताओ को सबक सिकना है

  10. अन्ना हज़ारे ज़ेन्दाबाद अन्ना हजारे हमारे भगवान् है

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