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Anna Hazare
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Anna Hazare|

Anna Hazare in Nanded, Maharastra|
Born| Kisan Hazare
15 June 1937 (age 74)
Bhingar, Bombay Province, British India|
Nationality| Indian|
Other names| Kisan Baburao Hazare|
Known for| Indian anti-corruption movement, Watershed development programmes, Right to Information| Influenced by| Mahatma Gandhi, Swami Vivekananda|
Political movement| Indian anti-corruption movement, Peace movement| Religion| Hinduism|
Spouse| Never Married|
Parents| Laxmibai Hazare
Baburao Hazare|
Awards| Padma Shri (1990)
Padma Bhushan (1992)|
Kisan Baburao Hazare  pronunciation (help·info) (Marathi: किसन बाबुराव हजारे, Kisan Bāburāv Hajārē ?) (born 15 June 1937), popularly known as Anna Hazare  pronunciation (help·info) (Marathi: अण्णा हजारे, Aṇṇā Hajārē ?) is an Indian social activist and a prominent leader in the 2011 Indian anti-corruption movement, using nonviolent methods following the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi.[1][2] Hazare also contributed to the development and structuring of Ralegan Siddhi, a village in Parner taluka of Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra, India. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan—the third-highest civilian award—by the Government of India in 1992 for his efforts in establishing this village as a model for others.[3] Anna Hazare started an indefinite hunger strike on 5 April 2011 to exert pressure on the Indian government to enact a stringent anti-corruption law as envisaged in the Jan Lokpal Bill, for the institution of an ombudsman with the power to deal with corruption in public places. The fast led to nation-wide protests in support of Hazare. The fast ended on 9 April 2011, a day after the government accepted Hazare's demands. The government issued a gazette notification on the formation of a joint committee, consisting of government and civil society representatives, to draft the legislation.[4][5] Anna has been ranked as the most influential person in Mumbai by a national daily newspaper.[6] He has faced criticism for his authoritarian views on justice, including death as punishment for corrupt public officials and his alleged support for forced vasectomies as a method of family planning.[7][8] Contents[hide] * 1 Early life * 2 Military service * 3 Transformation of Ralegan Siddhi * 3.1 Prohibition of alcohol * 3.2 Grain Bank * 3.3 Watershed development programme * 3.4 Milk production * 3.5 Education * 3.6 Removal of untouchability * 3.7 Collective marriages * 3.8 Gram Sabha * 4 Activism * 4.1 Anti-corruption protests in Maharashtra * 4.2 Right to Information movement * 4.3 Regulation of Transfers and Prevention of Delay in Discharge of Official Duties Act * 4.4 Campaign against liquor from food grains * 4.5 Lokpal Bill movement * 4.5.1 Hunger strike in Delhi * 4.5.2 End of hunger strike after meeting demands * 4.5.3 Differences with the government on draft bill * 4.5.4 Indefinite fast * 4.5.5 Arrest and aftermath * 4.5.6 Fast at Ramlila Maidan, New Delhi * 4.5.7 I Am Anna Chant * 4.6 Electoral reform movement * 4.7 Protest against atrocities against Swami Ramdev and his supporters * 5 Controversies and criticism * 5.1 Views on Narendra Modi * 5.2 Fraud during fasts * 5.3 Accusations of corruption * 5.4 Accusation of being anti-democratic and anti-dalit * 5.5 Accusation of being nonsecular * 6 Conspiracy to murder Hazare * 7 Honours, awards...
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