Anna Hazare is the icon of Anti-corruption movement in India. He has been fighting for his cause of anti-corruption since long time. He made his village Ralegan Siddhi an ideal village in Maharashtra, India.
Presently his movement is to support Jan Lokpal bill.Team Anna Hazare is fighting against Lokpal bill drafted by Indian government.
Anna Hazare, surprisingly broke his Anshan (Fast) December28, Wednesday evening at MMRDA ground, Mumbai. He fell sick during his Anshan and doctors advised him to break his fast. However, he denied breaking his Anshan yesterday. He took this decision after the Congress led UPA government succeeded in passing Lokpal bill in the Loksabha yesterday. Government failed to pass constitutional amendment.
The government will put the bill in Rajyasabha tomorrow for discussion and voting. Team Anna Hazare has been opposing government led Lokpal bill and demanding stronger Jan Lokpal since long time. Anna Hazare has opposed government moves.
Anna Hazare started his Anshan at MMRDA ground in Mumbai today, December 27, 2011 despite his illness. He has sat on Anshan (Fast) with his team members Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi et al to support Jan Lokpal bill and to oppose proposed Lokpal bill. Anna was suffering from fever since last few days. Temperature of his body increased during Anshan and reached to 102F. He is also suffering from lungs infection. Medical team checking Hazare declared his condition serious and requested to break his fast. Team Anna, Spiritual Guru Ravishankar requested him to break his Anshan. However, Anna denied to take any food.
Team of Doctors checked him up and injected medicines. They declared his physical condition serious. He may be moved to hospital tomorrow.
In between, government has passed Lokpal bill in Loksabha but failed to amend constitution. Congress led UPA government showed adamant attitude and have not incorporated suggestions of Anna Hazare (Jan Lokpal bill). Government also refused amendments proposed by the opposition parties.
Anna Hazare and his team will seat for Anshan (Fast) from December 27 both in Delhi and Mumbai. Anna Hazare will be accompanied by his team members Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi. They will seat in Mumbai to support Jan Lokpal bill. Jan Lokpal bill is part of anti corruption movement in India.
Shantibhushan and Prasadbhushan will seat for Anshan in Delhi, capital of India. Team Anna is expecting overwhelming support from the common people who are fade up with corruption in government machinery.
Hundreds of thousands people came out of their home in the last Anshan in August 2011. More than hundred thousands filled up a form till now to join fill the jail movement.
Anna Hazare told that it is suspected that Rahul Gandhi is the man behind changing draft of Lokpal bill. He told that Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime minister of India has assured him of a strong Lokpal bill that would have main features of Janlokpal bill. However, standing committee of Indian parliament has changed the draft and presented draft is not acceptable. Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Chairman, standing committee has handed over the Lokpal bill draft to Rajyasabha deputy chairman.
He added that Rahul Gandhi is a young leader and Prime ministerial candidate for Congress party. Doing such things is not appropriate for him. In the mean time media has criticized Rahul Gandhi for absenting from Delhi during Anna Anshan. He is escaping from Hazare according to news media. Rahul Gandhi has left for Lucknow for election campaign.
Anna Hazare will seat for one day symbolic "Anshan" (Fast) at Jantar Mantar, Delhi on December 11, 2011, Sunday against the draft bill and to support strong Lokpal bill (Janlokpal).
Leaders of various opposition parties will join the debate on Janlokpal bill at Jantar Mantar. Sonia Gandhi or any other congress party leader refused to join the debate despite invitation of Anna Hazare.
Anna Hazare has invited leaders of all major political parties to discuss Janlokpal bill. He has invited BJP, CPI(M) and even the Congress party. He has sent invitation to Congress president Sonia Gandhi. It is worth mention that the Congress party had engaged in bitter arguments with Anna Hazare.
Anna Hazare has declared that he would seat for symbolic fast of a day on December 11, 2011 in Delhi, capital of India in support of Jan Lokpal bill. Anna is advocating for a strong Jan Lokpal bill since long time. Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India has assured him to pass strong Lokpal bill in this winter session of parliament. The bill is still pending in the office of standing committee in Indian parliament. Hazare has expressed his doubt that the government would not pass the bill in the current winter session of the Indian parliament. He has announced that he would seat for Anshan (fast) for eight days from December 27 if the government don't pass strong Lokpal bill.
Anna Hazare was inspired by Swami Vivekananda, a revolutionary saint of India, who told that the ultimate motive of human life should be service to humanity. Swami Vivekananda became instrumental for awakening Indian youth in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Striving for the betterment of common people is equivalent to offering a prayer to the God, according to Swami Vivekanand.
He realized the truth even at his early age and decided to devote his life for the service of mankind. Since then he has been serving tirelessly for the betterment of Indian people.
Anna Hazare sat ten times for "Anashana" (Fast), a Gandhian tool for movements against governments, and got success every time.
Anna Hazare was born and brought up in an ordinary Maharastrian family in India and started his career as a soldier in Indian army. He joined Indian army when many Indian soldiers became martyrs in the Indo-China War (1962) and the Government of India appealed young Indians to join the Indian army. Being patriotic, he promptly responded to the appeal and joined the Army in 1963. He was posted to several states in India e.g. Jammu & Kashmir, Assam, Mizoram, Sikkim, Bhutan, Leh and Ladakh and braved challenging weathers during his fifteen year tenure as a soldier.
Anna Hazare was posted at Khemkaran border (Rajasthan) as a soldier in Indian Army when Pakistan attacked India in 1965. He was brave enough and fought teeth and nail with the enemies. A bullet had passed by his head and Anna Hazare had a close save. All of his colleagues died in that attack. Hazare believes that this was the turning point of his life as it meant he had a purpose to life. It was at that particular moment that Hazare took an oath to dedicate his life in the service of humanity. He was only twenty six at that time yet pledged to be a bachelor!! It shows his sacrifice and will power. He has the same kind of will power even today.
He admitted that he had passion for marriage at the young age and had several proposals for marriage. However, dedication to service of humankind inspired him to be a bachelor.
In order to be self-sufficient and to be eligible for the pension scheme of the army he continued in the army for 12 more years. He, then, opted for voluntary retirement and returned to his native place in Ralegan Siddhi.
Four decades long journey of Anna Hazare from a soldier in Indian army to a social reformer is unprecedented. He is a non-violent yet effective campaigner. He followed Gandhian path. Now the whole world know that he is a true Gandhian.
He became instrumental to resurrect a barren village, Ralegan Siddhi into an ideal village that became model for many others. He is also a Right to Information crusader. He has empowered faceless citizen of India through his pioneering work on Right to Information (RTI). Everybody knows that RTI act has become a very effective tool against corruption in government machinery in India.
His efforts to empower village Panchayats and his fight against red taping in government offices have also been appreciated widely.
Mahatma Gandhi said, “The society needs such volunteers who are ready to get buried in selfless service for the better future of the society.’’
Anna is such a selfless volunteer and a true Gandhian. Anna has become renowned globally these days for his "Anashana" in support of Janlokpal bill. Three cheers to him.
Anna is all set for sustainable development. He has been advocating for the same since very long time. Hazare is a true environmentalist. He advocates for proper planning of natural and human resources instead of exploiting those. Unlimited exploitation of earthen resources likes of water, coal, petrol, diesel and kerosene is not at all advisable according to Hazare. This can not be termed as perennial development because it will be going to lead to destruction in future days. These sources of energy are limited and hence he is concerned about the future of next generations. In this way, Anna Hazare is also an environmentalist. Anna opines for sustainable development.
Anna Hazare used to see miserable condition of farmers due to water scarcity in Ralegan Siddhi. The village falls in the drought-prone area of Maharashtra state with only 15 to 20 inches of annual rainfall. There were no weirs to retain rainwater. As there were no system for water conservation scarcity of water had been prevailing for ever before Anna intervened.
Water tankers were the only source of drinking water for the villagers during hot summers. Food grains were scarce and the villagers of Ralegan Siddhi used to walk out in search of employment. Some of them had also opted to open country liquor dens as a source of income that defamed Ralegan Siddhi and marred the social peace of the village. Villagers were also involved in thefts and physical brawls resulted in loss of morality.
Inspired by the work of Vilasrao Salunke, a resident of Saswad near Pune, Anna Hazare had started a project of water management through watershed development at Ralegan Siddhi. He steered the villagers of Ralegan Siddhi to begin water conservation project by preserving every single drop of water. They also worked for preventing erosion of the fertile soil. They built contour trenches as well as staggered trenches and gully plugs. They also became instrumental for forestation of more than thousand acres of land. They constructed five RCC weirs and sixteen Gabion Weirs after that. All these efforts resulted increase in the ground water level of the village. Anna Hazare and his team worked out the cropping pattern suitable to the soil quality and water availability. Team Anna applied scientific methods and technology for agriculture. This led to fivefold increase in the cultivated land. As a natural consequence, the villagers became self-sufficient in food. The village started importing labors from neighboring villages. All these efforts of team Anna changed economic condition of the village. Ralegan Siddhi has taken the path to be an ideal village.
The changes in the economics united all the villagers. The Villagers voluntarily contributed to build school, hostel, temple and other buildings of public utility.The villagers established grains bank and dairy projects. These further developed team spirit and standard of life in the village. Level of education also increased viz a viz to economic condition.
Moreover, Co-operative society and self-help groups for women and youth helped develop Ralegan Siddhi in every aspect of life and provided a new glittering face to it. Ralegan Siddhi became the first role model of an ideal village in India. It has become an example of turning from worst village to an ideal village. Four students, so far, have been awarded Ph. D. degree on thesis on Ralegan Siddhi. Anna Hazare and team Anna did the miracle
Anna Hazare is doing wonderful job!!! He has shaken India and Indian government. His fight against corruption is unprecedented. Janlokpal bill is the talk of the town. Why is he so successful?
He has a team to back him. Wonderful team!
Shantibhushan, Prashant Bhushan, Arvind Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi and Manish Sisodia are the key members of Civil Society and team Anna.
Shantibhushan is the eldest member of the team. He is the lawyer and ex law minister of India. He first came into lime light when he fought case against Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India in Allahabad High Court. He won the case against mighty Prime Minister of India for his client Rajnarayan. Later on, Indira Gandhi imposed "emergency" on the country. Shantibhushan was choosen as law minister of India after the defeat of Indira Gandhi and his congress party in 1977.
Prashant Bhushan is also a great lawyer. He is son of Shantibhushan. Like father like son. He provides all sort of legal protection to Anna Hazare and his movement against corruption. He is also instrumental in drafting Janlokpal bill.
Arvind Kejriwal, an IIT graduate and ex Jt. commissioner in Income tax department, is a talented one. He left his prestigipous service and joined the field of social service. He has a deep understanding of public opinion. He is the main stratagist of team Anna.
Kiran Bedi is a celebrity in India. Her work as a brave police officer is appreciated widely. She has deep understanding of administration and is looking administrative works of team Anna. She is also looking after Police related matters.
Manish Sisodia is a media person. He knows well how to handle electronic and print media. He and his team has done such miracle that compelled Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi to speak against his spokes persons. Rahul told his subordinates that team Anna has captured the media completely.