Who is Hazare ?• Kisan Bapat Baburao Hazare, (Hindi: ििसान बापट बाबुराव हजारे ) , popularly known as Anna Hazare, is a social activist who is especially recognized for his contribution to the development of Ralegan Siddhi, a village in Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra, India and his efforts for establishing it as a model village, for which he was awarded the Padma Bhushan by Government of India, in 1992.
Anna Hazare was born in Bhingar villagein Ahmednagar district of Maharashtrastate in western India to Baburao Hazareand Laxmi Bai, an unskilled labourerfamily who owned five acres of land.Due to adverse conditions in 1952 theyhad to move to their family home inRalegan Siddhi.He was raised by his childless aunt inMumbai but could not continue beyondVII standard and had to quit midway dueto financial problems
Anna Hazare started his career as a driver inthe Indian Army. He spent his spare time reading the books ofSwami Vivekananda, Mahatma Gandhi andAcharya Vinoba Bhave that inspired him tobecome a social worker and activist.During the mid-1970s he was involved in aroad accident while driving but he survivedIn 1975, he led a movement to eradicatealcoholism from the village.Next, he motivated the residents of the villageinto shramdan (voluntary labour) to buildcanals, small-scale check-dams and percolationtanks in the nearby hills for watersheddevelopment.He also motivated the residents of the villageto build a secondary school in the villagethrough voluntary labour
What is the net worth of this man?On April 16, 2011, he declared his bankbalance of Rs - 67,183/- and Rs- 1,500/- asmoney in hand. He owns 0.07 hectares offamily land in Ralegan Siddhi which is beingused by his brothers. Two other pieces of landdonated to him by the Indian Army and by avillager, have been donated by him for villageuse. He is receiving pension from Indian armyfrom where he took voluntary retirement.
Awards to Anna HazarePADMABHUSHAN AWARD Presented by R. Venkatraman ( president of India) on 6th April 1992 at Delhi forAnna Hazares social work.PADMASHRI AWARD Presented by R. Venkatraman ( President of India) on 24th march 1990 at Delhi forAnna Hazares social work.PRIY DARSHINI VRIKSHA MITRA AWARD, GOVT. INDIAKRUSHI BHUSAHAN GOVT. OF MAHARASHTRAYOUNG INDIA AWARDMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD 1988PAUL MITTAL NATIONAL AWARD 2000 (NEHRU SIDHANT KENDER TRUST LUDHIYNA 14001) Presented byshri. Balaramji Das Tandon (Minister, Punjab) on 14th november 2000.TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL (IT) INTEGRITY AWARD 2003 FROM TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL .DOCTORATE DEGREE GANDHIGRAM RURAL INSTITUTE-DEEMED UNIVERSITY GANDHIGRAM DINDIGUL,TAMIL NADU-8-11-05VIVEKANANDA SEVA PURASKAR 1994 Presented by Shri.Bada Bajar Kumar Sabha Pustakalay, Calcutta on12th June 1996 for Anna Hazares social work done for develop village as a family.SHIROMANI AWARD 1996 presented by P.A.Sangma (Speaker of Lok sabha) on 22nd February 1997 at NewDelhi for Anna Hazare’s contribution to National Development Integration, Enrichment of life and for hisoutstanding achievements in the choosen field of activities(social service).MAHAVEER PURASKAR 1997 presented by Bhagwan Mahaveer Foundation , Chennai on 2th April 1997 forAnna Hazare’s excellent in sphere of social & community service.DIWALIBEN MEHTA AWARD presented by Shri.Panduranga Shastri Athavale on 8th January 1999 at Mumbaifor Anna Hazare’s Hard, Sincere, Dedicated & Devoted social work.
CARE INTERNATIONAL AWARD 1998 presented by Care International Humanitarian on 8th May 1998 at Washington,D.C,USA for Anna Hazare demonstrating a profound commitment to improving life in developing world. Care RecognizedAnna Hazare’s devotion to the ideas of sustainable development with whole hearted participation of villagers includingwomen & youth.GIANTS INTERNATIONAL AWARD presented by Shri.Vilas Rao Deshmukh (Chief Minister of Maharashtra) on 17th sept.2000 for Shri.Anna hazares social workBASAVSHRI PRASHASTI 2000 AWARD Presented by Shri.Jagadguru Murugharajendra Brihan Math at S.J.M.Math,Chitradurga , Karnataka on 4th June 2000 for Anna Hazare’s relentless effort to bring in the value of based way of life inthe society.NATIONAL INTERGRATION AWARD presented by (Dhum-Lajee)chiefminister- Himothkursh Sahithy Samskruthi AvamJana Kalyal Parishad, UNA, Himachal Pradesh on 14th February 1999 for Anna Hazare’s Social Work.VISHWA-VATSALYA & SANTBAL AWARD presented at Ahamadabad for Anna Hazares universal services to mankindincluding his incessant fight against corruption and his inspring efforts to improve the living condition of the poor & toriaise the ethical levels of the society.JANA SEVA PURASKAR presented by Smt.Rajmathi at Sangle, Maharashtra on 28th February 1998 for Anna HazaresSocial Work.ROTARY INTERNATIONAL MANAV SEVA PURASKAR presented by Supreme Court Judge Shri. D.P.Wadhwa at India HabitalCenter , Lodhi Road, New Delhi on 21st Feb 1998 for Anna Hazare’s Crusade against Corruption .
His movements so far• Anti-corruption protests in Maharashtra• Right to Information movement• Regulation of Transfers and Prevention of Delay in Discharge of OfficialDuties Act• Campaign against liquor from food grains• Lokpal Bill movement
In the early 2000s, Anna Hazare led amovement in Maharastra state, which forcedthe Government of Maharashtra to repeal theearlier weak act and pass a more strongerRight to Information Act, which was laterconsidered as the base document for the Rightto Information Act 2005 (RTI), enacted by theUnion Government.It also ensured that the President of Indiaassented to this new act.
Lokpal Bill movementIn 2011, Anna Hazare led a movement forpassing a stronger anti-corruption Lokpal(ombudsman) bill in the Indian Parliament.As a part of this movement, N. Santosh Hegde,a former justice of the Supreme Court of Indiaand Lokayukta of Karnataka, PrashantBhushan, a senior lawyer in the Supreme Courtalong with the members of the India AgainstCorruption movement drafted an alternate bill,named as the Jan Lokpal Bill (PeoplesOmbudsman Bill) with more stringentprovisions and wider power to the Lokpal(Ombudsman).
Hazare has started a fast unto death from 5 April 2011 at Jantar Mantar in Delhi, topress for the demand to form a joint committee of the representatives of theGovernment and the civil society to draft a new bill with more stronger penalactions and more independence to the Lokpal and Lokayuktas (Ombudsmen in thestates), after his demand was rejected by the Prime Minister of India, ManmohanSinghAfter Congress Govt Agreed to form joint committee he broke his fast
10 MEMBER COMMITTEE WAS FORMED TO DRAFT LOKPAL BILL BUT FAILED
The announced plans of social activist Anna Hazare to go on a fast unto death from August 16in support of the demand of the anti-corruption movement headed by him for a stronger JanLok Pal Bill than the one introduced by the government in Parliament poses an executive andmoral dilemma to the government of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan SinghThe executive dilemma arises from the fact that an attempt to commit suicide for whateverpurpose is a criminal offence under the Indian Penal Code and the Government is legally boundto act against the threatened fast, if necessary, by arresting Hazare either before or during hisfast in order to save his life and to prevent a public disorder.The executive dilemma is enhanced by the danger that the act of saving his life might beinterpreted as a violation of his right to protest and might lead to an even greater publicdisorder.The moral dilemma arises from the fact that a fast unto death as a form of protest has been anaccepted weapon since the days of Mahatma Gandhi. He used the threat of fast unto death onsome occasions against the British rulers because he was left with no other way of expressinghis protest over the failure of the British to concede his demands.
Activist Anna Hazare was on Tuesday 16 Aug 2011 detained by Delhi Police ahead of hisscheduled fast at the Jai Prakash Narain Park in the city. Also detained were Arvind Kejriwaland other supporters.The police action prompted protests against the government and the police. Reacting to theDelhi Police action, former IPS officer and social activist Kiran Bedi said: "I have been sayingthat the Delhi Police is being given directions. He has been taken into preventive custody evenwhen he has not broken any law. Emergency has revisited the country. This detention isunconstitutional and undemocratic."Since early morning, a group of people had thronged an east Delhi apartment where AnnaHazare was staying to pledge their support ahead of his protest demanding a strong Lokpal.The 74-year-old social activist, who is staying at Supreme Enclave, was planning to stage anindefinite fast at Jai Prakash Narain Park, near Feroj Shah Kotla Stadium, where prohibitoryorders have been imposed.
Anna agrees to 14-day fast at Ramlila MaidanIn a late night breakthrough, 18 Aug 2011 Anna Hazare and his team have agreed to 14-dayfast at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi. The social activist, who will go under a check up atTihar jail at 10 am, will reach the protest venue around 3pm in an open jeep. Though forthe time being there has been a breakthrough, Anna Hazares basic demand of civil societydraft of lokpal bill being introduced in Parliament remains.Police negotiators, Hazare and his associates came to an agreement on several issues. Theyagreed that the fast venue would be the spacious Ramlila Grounds and that there would beno ceiling on the number of protesters.They also agreed that loudspeakers would be used at the venue and that Hazare would beexamined by government as well as private and personal Doctors
Checkered shorts and a Gandhi topi is a fashionfelony. But 29-year-old Shailesh Saraf doesnt care;he has never blindly followed a popular trend.Currently on "FL or fasting leave", Saraf, a vicepresident with Morgan Stanley, is down from HongKong to campaign for the Jan Lokpal bill.Saraf was among the 72 protesters who werefasting for the second consecutive day at AzadMaidan; two new recruits joined the fast onWednesday. At the maidan, Saraf intermittentlychecks his Blackberry, not for investment updatesor market movements but for news of AnnaHazares release. For the most part, he sits on thestage, listening to people unspooling longspeeches about the corruption theyd faced.