Who is Anna Hazare?
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He once contemplated suicide and even wrote a
two-page essay on why he wanted to end his life. Anna Hazare was not driven to
such a pass by circumstances. He wanted to live no more because he was
frustrated with life and wanted an answer to the purpose of human existence.
The story goes that one day at the New Delhi Railway Station, he chanced upon a
book on Swami Vivekananda. Drawn by Vivekananda's photograph, he is quoted as
saying that he read the book and found his answer - that the motive of his life
lay in service to his fellow humans.
Today, Anna Hazare is the face of India's fight against corruption. He has taken
that fight to the corridors of power and challenged the government at the
highest level. People, the common man and well-known personalities alike, are
supporting him in the hundreds swelling to the thousands.
For Anna Hazare, it is another battle. And he has fought quite a few. Including
some as a soldier for 15 years in Indian Army. He enlisted after the 1962
Indo-China war when the government exhorted young men to join the Army.
In 1978, he took voluntary retirement from the
9th Maratha Battalion and returned home to Ralegaon Siddhi, a village in
Maharashtra's drought-prone Ahmadnagar. He was 39 years old.
He found farmers back home struggling for survival and their suffering would
prompt him to pioneer rainwater conservation that put his little hamlet on the
international map as a model village.
The villagers revere him. Thakaram Raut, a school teacher in Ralegaon Siddhi
says, "Thanks to Anna's agitations, we got a school, we got electricity, we got
development schemes for farmers.''
Anna Hazare's fight against corruption began here. He fought first against
corruption that was blocking growth in rural India. His organization - the
Bhrashtachar Virodhi Jan Andolan (People's movement against Corruption). His
tool of protest - hunger strikes. And his prime target - politicians.
His weapon is potent. In 1995-96, he forced the Sena-BJP government in
Maharashtra to drop two corrupt Cabinet Ministers. In 2003, he forced the
Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) state government to set up an
investigation against four ministers.
Maharashtra stalwarts like Sharad Pawar and Bal Thackeray have often called his
style of agitation nothing short of "blackmail".
But Anna Hazare has soldiered on relentless. From one battle to another in his
war against corruption. He fought from the front to have Right to Information (RTI)
implemented. He is now fighting for the implementation of the Jan Lokpal Bill,
an anti-corruption bill drafted by leading members of civil society that
envisages speedy action in corruption cases against everyone, including
ministers and senior bureaucrats.
More than 30 years after Anna Hazare started his crusade, as the 72-year-old
observes a hunger strike in Delhi against large-scale corruption at the national
level, nothing really has changed except the scale of his battle.
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1.Who is Anna
An ex-army man. Fought 1965 Indo-Pak War
2. What's so special about him?
He built a village Ralegaon Siddhi in Ahamad Nagar district,
3. So what?
This village is a self-sustained
model village. Energy is produced in the village itself from solar power,
biofuel and wind mills.
In 1975, it used to be a poverty clad village. Now it is one of the richest
village in India . It has
become a model for self-sustained, eco-friendly & harmonic village.
This guy, Anna Hazare was awarded
Padma Bhushan and is a known figure for his social activities.
5. Really, what is he
He is supporting a cause, the amendment of a law to curb
corruption in India .
6. How that can be
He is advocating for a Bil, The Lok Pal Bill (The Citizen Ombudsman Bill), that
will form an autonomous authority who will make politicians (ministers),
beurocrats (IAS/IPS) accountable for their deeds.
8. It's an entirely new thing right..?
In 1972, the bill was proposed by then Law minister Mr.
Shanti Bhushan. Since then it has been neglected by the politicians and
some are trying to change the bill to suit thier theft (corruption).
7. Oh.. He is going on a
hunger strike for that whole thing of passing a Bill ! How can that be
possible in such a short span of time?
The first thing he is asking for is: the government should come forward and
announce that the bill is going to be passed.
Next, they make a joint committee
to DRAFT the LOK PAL BILL. 50% goverment participation and 50% public
participation. Because you cant trust the government entirely for making such a
bill which does not suit them.
8. Fine, What will happen when this bill is passed?
A LokPal will be appointed at the centre. He will have an autonomous charge, say
like the Election Commission of
India. In each and every state, Lokayukta will be appointed. The job is
to bring all alleged party to trial in case of corruptions within 1 year. Within
2 years, the guilty will be punished. Not like,
Bofors scam or Bhopal Gas
Tragedy case, that has been going for last 25 years without any result.
9. Is he alone? Whoelse is there in the fight with Anna Hazare?
Baba Ramdev, Ex. IPS Kiran Bedi,
Social Activist Swami Agnivesh,
Arvind Kejriwal and many more.
Prominent personalities like
Aamir Khan is supporting his cause.
10. Ok, got it. What can I do?
At least we can spread the message. How?
At least we can support Anna Hazare and the cause for uprooting corruption from
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