Biography of Anna Hazare, Marathi Social Worker

Anna Hazare is an eminent Marathi social worker, remembered for his village development, watershed development, anti corruption movements and the recent fasting for Jan Lok Pal Bill. Read Anna Hazare wiki biography to know more.

Kisan Baburao Hazare (Marathi: किसन बाबुराव हजारे), often referred to as Anna Hazare (Marathi: अण्णा हजारे), is one of the most eminent social activists of Maharashtra, nay of the entire India. Here you can read a brief biography of Anna Hazare. Anna Hazare The date of birth of Anna Hazare was 15 January 1940. He was born in Bhingar which is a small village close to Ahmednagar in the Bombay Province under the British Raj, which is today's Maharashtra. Anna Hazare's father's name was Baburao Hazare who worked in an Ayurveda Ashram Pharmacy. When Hazare was only a child his father quit his job and the family went through severe hardships. His aunt took him with her and he could not continue his schooling. He had to sell flowers in order to support his family. Gradually, he went for an own shop in Bombay, present day Mumbai, and started earning a decent living.

Anna Hazare Career in Indian Army

In 1963, Anna Hazare got a job, of a driver in the Indian Army. In his leisure time he was used to read the works of Swami Vivekananda, Mahatma Gandhi and Acharya Vinoba Bhave; and thus these great people cast a great influence on his mind and shaped his future destiny. During the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, he narrowly escaped death in a fierce combat. Again in the mid-1970s he narrowly escaped an accident in the road, driving.

Anna Hazare Village Development Works

Narrowly escaping death twice and taking a voluntary retirement from the army, Anna Hazare came to the Ralegan Siddhi village in 1975. He organised the young people of the village and formed an association to work for the enhancement and overall development of the village. Hazare soon found that the greatest curse on the social life of the Indian villages was addiction to alcohol. He spent all his time and efforts to uproot alcoholism from the village. The villagers under the leadership of Anna conducted a public gathering in a local temple and took a vow to do away with alcohol in their village. Being associated with the temple, the vow soon took religious undertones which facilitated removing alcoholism from the village.

The Watershed Development programme of Anna Hazare is yet another thing people will remember him for. From his experience of the rural life, Anna came to realise that the only possible way to solve the water crisis in villages and increase sustainable production was to develop a steady irrigation machinery. Under the able leadership of Anna Hazare the villagers built a watershed embankment to that would allow water to percolate and thereby increase water level of the ground. The villagers were also motivated by him to work voluntarily and build canals and percolation tanks for the overall development of their village and construct the watershed. These efforts of Anna Hazare permanently solved the problem of water paucity in the village. Removal of untouchability, collective marriages in the village, developing sustainable milk production as an alternative way of earning for the villagers and more count among his manifold contribution to the rural development work in Maharashtra.

Anna Hazare Lokpal Bill Movement

On 5th April 2011, Anna Hazare began his Lokpal Bill Movement to be a stronger anti corruption measure. Hazare began a fast unto death in the Jantar Mantar of Delhi, saying that he will fast until the Jan Lokpal Bill is passed. Read more about this latest movement of Anna Hazare in Anna Hazare's Fast for Jan Lok Pal Bill.

Long live Anna! salutes you.

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