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Anna Hazare: India's hope for corruption-free democracy
Dr. Lalit Kishore | 09 Apr 2011

Padma Bhushan awardee Kisan Bapat Baburao Hazare of Maharastra state, popularly known as Anna Hazare, is a lead social activist of India presently. 
 
Anna Hazare started his career as a driver in the Indian Army and spent his leisure time reading the books of Swami Vivekananda, Mahatma Gandhi and Acharya Vinoba Bhave.
 
During the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, he was the only survivor in a border exchange of fire, while driving a truck.
 
Inspired by the works  Mahatma Gandhi and Acharya Vinoba Bhave, Hazare decided to become a social activist after his retirement from the army.
 
He came to limelight for the development of Ralegan Siddhi village of Parner Block of Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra, as a model village.
 
BIO-NOTE:
Born: January 15, 1940
Birth place: Bhingar in Maharashtra

Active social and political movements initiated:
 
~Uprooting alcoholism
~Watershed Development Programmes;
~Right To Information Act; and
~Anti-Corruption Movement (Current, on-going)
 
LATEST:
 
On April 5 2011, Hazare started a fast-unto-death for the enactment of a strong anti-corruption act as envisaged in the Jan Lokpal Bill as an alternative to GOI's similar mild draft bill.
 
Hazare's crusade has resulted into a popular movement for a corruption-free India.  It is almost becoming a Jasmine revolution for a responsive and corruption-free democracy in India.