Anna Hazare

Profession: Indian social activist

Brothers of Anna Hazare

Maruti Hazare

Father of Anna Hazare

Baburao Hazare

Mother of Anna Hazare

Laxmibai Hazare

Favourite Leader(s) of Anna Hazare

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Swami Vivekananda

Controversies of Anna Hazare

He has been criticized for being an agent of RSS (a right-wing Hindu body).   He has been criticized for acting as proxy for political parties.   In an Inquiry Commission by the Maharashtra Government, his trust- Hind Swaraj Trust was found to spend 220000 INR on his birthday celebrations.   He has also been accused of being anti-democratic and anti-dalit by Ramchandra Guha in an article written in Kolkata Telegraph.   He has also been accused of being anti-Muslim by Arundhati Roy.  

Information about Anna Hazare

With his vigilantism and activism, he transformed his village- Ralegan Siddhi from a poor and drought-ridden village into a model village.  Does Anna Hazare Drink Alcohol?: No  In 1991, he launched a movement to fight against corruption- Bhrashtachar Virodhi Jan Andolan (BVJA) in Ralegan Siddhi.  After his 15 year service in the Indian Army, he opted for voluntary retirement and returned to his hometown- Ralegan Siddhi.  In 1990, he was honored with Padma Shri by the Government of India.  At times, he used to be frustrated and even contemplated suicide, however, an inspiration came at the New Delhi railway station, where he came across a book of Swami Vivekananda- he was inspired by the photograph on the cover of the book. The book inspired him to pursue his life for the betterment of the mankind.  His family was very poor and a relative tried to help him in his education, however, he couldn't continue his studies after the 7th grade.  His father, Baburao Hazare, was an unskilled labourer in an Ayurveda Ashram Pharmacy.  He made a local temple in his village as the focal point of his activism and in 1980, he started a Grain-Bank at the temple providing food security to the poor farmers during the times of drought.  During the Indo-Pak war of 1965, he survived a bomb-attack in which all his colleagues were martyred.  He was born as Kisan Baburao Hazare and later he adopted the name Anna, which means father or elder brother in Marathi.  He was born in Bhingar near Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra and was the eldest son of Laxmi Bai and Baburao Hazare.  He also abandoned the liquor dens in his village by launching a movement against them with the help of youths and local villagers.  After the Indo-Pak war of 1962, he joined the Indian Army in 1963 and served as a Truck Driver.  He started selling flowers to make his ends meet at the Dadar Railway Station in Mumbai and also owned 2 flower shops in the city.  Does Anna Hazare Smoke?: No 

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