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Indian social activist fighting for Jan Lokpal Bill against corruption

  • Anna Hazare's actual name is Kisan Baburao Hazare. He was born on June 15, 1937.
  • Hazare is unmarried.
  • He started his living selling flowers and has set up his own shop in Dadar, Mumbai, India.
  • He received the Padma Shri in 1990 and Padma Bhushan in 1992.
  • He joined the Indian Army as a driver in 1963 and took voluntary retirement in 1978.
  • He turned a social worker and turned Ralegan Siddhi village into a self-sufficient village.
  • He started the Grain Bank in 1980 in which villagers can donate their excess crop produce and used by needful farmers during drought or crop failure.
  • In 2000s, he forced the Maharashtra Government to pass a stronger Maharashtra Right to Information Act which became the base for the Right to Information Act, 2005.
  • He was given an Honorary Doctorate by the Gandhigram Rural University in 2005.
  • In 2011, he used the Satyagraha movement of Mahatma Gandhi to pressure the Government to pass the Jan Lokpal Bill.
  • On August 16, 2011 was arrested few hours before his proposed indefinite hunger strike under provisions that banned public gatherings and protests at a Delhi park. After judicial detention for 24 hours, he was released from the Tihar Jail. He moved straight to Ramlila Grounds where he continued his fast, amidst support of thousands of supporters.

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