Anna Hazare Birthday: : An Indian social worker who is known as the leader of the movement to promote rural development as well as make government work transparent and serve the public check corruption and punish. In order to organize and encourage the movement at the grassroots level he also went on hunger strikes several times following Gandhi’s non-violent policy.
He has tried to establish this village as a model for others by contributing to the structure and development of his village named Ralegan Siddhi in Ahmed Nagar district of Maharashtra.
His full name is Kisan Baburao Hazare he was born on 15 June 1937 in a Marathi farmer family in Bhingar near Ahmed Nagar district of Maharashtra. He lives in a small room of Sant Yadavbaba temple of Ralegan Siddhi since 1975. In the family of Anna Hazare apart from his parents he also had six siblings Anna is the eldest among them.
During the economic struggle his family started living their life by cultivating a small agricultural land in their native village Ralegan Siddhi. A relative took the burden of his education proceeding to help and he came to Mumbai to study but soon after he expressed his financial inability. Due to which Anna’s studies could be done only till 7th standard later Anna started selling flowers at Dadar railway station in Mumbai in the city he joined a vigilante group whose job was to stop the landlords from intimidating the poor to avoid duping them etc.
Anna Hazare started his career in 1960 working as an army truck drive . In 1974, Hazare narrowly escaped a road accident while driving during the Indo-Pak war which he describes as a miracle of God and says that it was a sign for me to do public service.
Anna Hazare was awarded the Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian award by the Government of India in 1992.
Ralegan is situated in the foothills, so Anna constructed the watershed embankment to stop the water after convincing the villagers to improve the irrigation due to which the problem of water ended and the cultivation of such crops as pulses, oilseeds etc. Which required less water was encouraged. Farmers got a lot of benefit from this their income increased. When Anna came to Ralegan in 1975, irrigation work was done on only 70 acres of land but now this work has increased to 2500 acres.
Anna Hazare’s popular movements are:
- Anti-corruption protests in Maharashtra
- Right to Information movement
- Regulation of Transfers and Prevention of Delay in Discharge of Official Duties Act Campaign against liquor from food grains
- Lokpal Bill Movement
- Hunger Strikes etc.