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2/365 – Anna Hazare

Name: Kisan Baburao Hazare

Date of Birth: 15 June 1937

Birth Place: Bhingar, village in Hingangaon, in Bombay Province

Marital Status: Unmarried

Property: INR 67,183 in Bank account. Owns 0.07 hectares of family land in Ralegan Siddhi

Childhood: Kisan had six younger siblings. Kisan’s childless aunt offered to look after him and his education, and took him to Mumbai. Kisan studied up to the seventh standard in Mumbai and then sought employment, due to the economic situation in his household. He started selling flowers at Dadar to support his family.

Military Man: In 1962, 25-year-old Hazare was selected in the Indian Army. During the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, Hazare was posted at the border in the Khem Karan sector. On 12 Nov 1965, the Pakistan Air Force launched air strikes on Indian bases, and all of Hazare’s comrades were killed; he was the only survivor of that convoy. This led him to dwell on the purpose and meaning of life and death. During the mid-1970s, he again survived a road accident while driving. He took voluntary retirement from the army in 1978.

Major Activism:
1991 – Hazare launched the Bhrashtachar Virodhi Jan Aandolan (BVJA) (People’s Movement against Corruption), a popular movement to fight against corruption in Ralegaon Siddhi.
2003 – Corruption charges were raised by Hazare against four NCP ministers of the Congress-NCP government. He started his fast unto death on 9 Aug 2003. He ended his fast on 17 Aug 2003 after then chief minister Sushil Kumar Shinde formed a one-man commission headed by the retired justice P. B. Sawant to probe his charges.
Early 2000 –  Hazare led a movement in Maharashtra state which forced the state government to pass a stronger Maharashtra Right to Information Act. This Act was later considered as the base document for the Right to Information Act 2005 (RTI), enacted by the Union Government.
2011 – Hazare initiated a Satyagraha movement for passing a stronger anti-corruption Lokpal bill in the Indian Parliament as conceived in the Jan Lokpal Bill.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Hazare

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  1. Ravikumar
    September 1, 2011 at 9:50 am

    He is the man behind RTI also….cool

    • September 1, 2011 at 10:02 pm

      Yes. Its a new information for me as well 🙂

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