Anna Hazare-Face of Anti-Corruption

Anna Hazare’s recent tyranny against the government in regards with the Jan Lokpal bill has become the thing of talk all over the nation. Anna Hazare undertook a fast unto death against the anticorruption or Lokpal Bill which ended after five days on Saturday morning, April 9, 2011. The bill is a draft against corruption that will lead to the creation of an independent body or commission having the power to intitiate proceedings against politicians or government bureaucrats without any prior notifications.

A revered social activist, Anna Hazare was formally an army Jawan, who has worked previously for social causes after retiring from army life.

“The dream of India as a strong nation will not be realised without self-reliant, self-sufficient villages, this can be achieved only through social commitment and involvement of the common man”
Anna Hazare.

Anna Hazare’s intital endeavours in the field of social work dates back to 1976, when as a retired jawan, he started a watershed management in his village Ralegan Siddhi.  The place being located in the rain shadow area received very little rain. As a result of the pathetic condition of the village, poverty and desperation raged throughout. After retirement he dedicated his life to the upliftment of his village. His program of action included afforestation, soil conservation, promoting the use of biogas, solar devices as alternative source’s of energy utilisation. The condition of Ralegan Siddhi improved to such an extent that today it has been declared as an Urja Gram by the government.

Anna Hazare also led a Right to Information act in Maharashtra in the early 2000’s which also required the president of India to pay heed to it. The people’s representatives chosen as members of the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha for managing public finances as well as the civil servants take charge as the supreme leaders and often do not carry out their duties sincerely. So in order that the public have a right to find out in what manner their money was being utilised Anna Hazare started the campaign for the Right to Information Act.  One of the first campaigns was held at the Azad

Maidan in 1997. An ardent follower of Gandhiji’s principle, especially ‘do-or-die’ which was propounded by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi during the Quit India movement Anna Hazare  went on a fast until death starting from August 9th 2003 unless the government passed the act. Eventually the government crumbled in front of Hazare’s firm ground and on the 12th day of his fast, the Maharashtra Government got it signed by the president and enacted the ‘Right to information’ in Maharashtra.

So we see that Anna Hazare has a wide range of experience when it comes to social work and has done a lot for the people of this country apart from his recent contribution. In order to express the joy, supporters of Anna Hazare threw in a celebration in front of the Jantar Mantar, Delhi, where the gay crowd smeared each other with gulal. The celebration was also accompanied by song and dance. Thus the movement has created a wide upsurge among the nation and people like Guru Ramdev Swami have also joined in the movement. Anna Hazare has taught us once again that it is only us who can eradicate evil, corruption and injustice in this world by having a firm resolution in what is right.

Madhurima Ganguly

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