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Kisan Baburao Hazare, popularly known as Anna Hazare is an Indian social activist. He is a prominent activist in the 2011 Indian anti-corruption movement and is known for using nonviolent methods following the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi.

Anna Hazare was born on June 15, 1937 in Bhingar. His family later moved to their ancestral village of Ralegan Siddhi. Anna Hazare was recruited in the Indian Army in April 1963 and participated in the Indo-China War of 1962, during which he was posted at the border in the Khem Karan sector. He was honorably discharged from the Indian Army in 1975 after completing 12 years of service.

Later, he took up the development of Ralegan Siddhi. Hazare and his youth group decided to take up the issue of alcoholism as a means to drive a process of reform. He established the Grain bank near a temple in 1980. Anna Hazare launched the 'Bhrashtachar Virodhi Jan Aandolan', a popular movement to fight against corruption.

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Fight against Corruption

Anna Hazare has staged several protests and hunger strikes in his effort for the Jan Lokpal Bill. However, all of his indefinite hunger strikes had to be called off at because of assurances from the government. He staged an indefinite hunger strike in August 2012 and called off and indicated that forming a political party is the alternative in their fight against corruption.

He later called off plans to form a political party and said that he would tour the country extensively and would appeal to the people to vote against the Congress.

On September 9, 2012 Hazare released a statement appealing to the people of the country to vote for the right candidate. He called on the youth of the country to ensure 90 plus voting in elections and also released a six-point action plan.


Slams Government's decision on FDI

Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare slammed the UPA Government’s decision on FDI in retail sector. “The ruling party and some others say that FDI will change the economic situation while opposition says it is harmful for the country. Both the sides are trying to cut each other keeping 2014 elections in mind”, he wrote on his blog on September 16, 2012. He expressed doubt on whether the black money of Indians stashed abroad is routed back to India in the form of FDI.

Hazare said that no parties are serious in curbing the corruption and the recent disclosure about donations in which they have used a clause to hide the names of donors from public showed their intentions. He stressed the importance of sending good candidates to Parliament who will fight for a strong Lokpal and poll reforms.

Hazare would support Kejriwal's party if he selects proper candidates

Anna Hazare met RTI activist Vishwambhar Choudhary and social worker and former bureaucrat Avinash Dharmadhikar in Pune. Speaking to reporters, Hazare said that his decision not to form a political party would not mean a split with Arvind Kejriwal. He said, "I have decided for myself not to form a political party or fight elections. But if Arvind floats one, it would mean taking a different path with the same goal of corruption free India." Hazare would support Kejriwal's candidate if he fields a proper candidate.

Hazare and Kejriwal part ways

On September 19, 2012 Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal parted ways over the issue of forming a political party. Hazare is against following the political path and contesting the election, while Kejriwal felt that a political party is the best option to fight corruption.

Visit to Delhi

Anna Hazare met his supporters in New Delhi on 30 Sep 2012 to chalk out his future course of action. Hazare reiterated his anti-stance on politics saying that it is dirty and is not the right way to fight against corruption. This is Hazare's first visit to the capital after he parted ways with Arvind Kejriwal. Hazare met Medha Patkar, Dr Sunilam and others. He would return to Ralegan Siddhi on October 1, 2012.

Ideology of Anti-Corruption Movement

Anna Hazare said that anti-corruption activists need to be trained in the ideology of the movement. He proposed a 3-4 day training camp at Ralegan Siddhi.

Timeline

2012

October 6, 2012: Anti-Corruption crusader Anna Hazare has called for a judicial probe into Robert Vadra's assets. He said, "If the allegations are wrong then why is there no judicial probe. I would say let there be judicial probe and then facts will come out. If allegations leveled by Arvind are false, then order a probe and let the facts speak. If the allegations are false, file a case aganist Arvind Kejriwal."

Anna Hazare in News

Aamir Khan writes to EC, says he is not endorsing any political party
Aamir Khan says he is not endorsing any political party including AAP

Andhra Pradesh News on February 24, 2013
Andhra Pradesh News and Headlines on February 24, 2013

Anna Hazare admitted to Gurgaon hospital
Hazare's condition is said to be stable now

Kejriwal meets Hazare for the first time after rift
Arvind Kejriwal says that their paths are different, but the destination is the same

Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi refuses to seek bail
Trivedi refuses to seek bail till charges of sedition were dropped

Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi arrested on sedition charges
Aseem's arrest spark massive outrage

Arvind Kejriwal meets Anna, outlines his political plans
Team Anna will seek public response on whether they should form a political party

Baba Ramdev begins three day fast at Ramlila Maidan
Ramdev says three-day fast is just the first phase of his agitations

Anna Hazare disbanded - No further talks with Government on Lokpal issue
Hazare says no talks on Lokpal with Government

Nitish Kumar welcomes Team Anna's decision to join Politics
Anna Hazare ends fast and announces that they will join politics

Team Anna confirms they will form a political party
Arvind Kejriwal confirms that they will form their own political outfit to fight against corruption

Team Anna to call off hunger strike on Friday
Team Anna wants to find a political alternative to government

Team Anna apologizes for scuffle with mediapersons
Anna Hazare threatens to stop his agitation if violence is witnessed at his camp again

Anna Hazare joins indefinte hunger strike at Jantar Mantar
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare joins Team Anna members at Jantar Mantar. Joins indefinite hunger strike.

Anna Hazare says he is not against joining politics
Social activist Anna Hazare said that he will join politics if asked

Anna Hazare congratulates President Pranab Mukherjee
Social activist Anna Hazare congratulates Pranab Mukherjee even as Team Anna raises allegations against Pranab Mukherjee

Team Anna to begin agitation today
Team Anna to begin agitation today

Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev announce protests against UPA Government
Anna Hazare's protest begin from July 25 at Jantar Mantar; Ramdev's protests at Ramlila Maidan from August 9

Baba Ramdev dares Govt. to prove his black money estimates wrong
Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev has dared the Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre to prove his estimate of 400 trillion rupees' worth of black money being stashed in safe havens abroad wrong.

Mukherjee will win Prez poll with overwhelming majority: Narayanasamy
Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office (PMO) V. Narayanasamy on Saturday expressed confidence about Finance Minister and UPA nominee Pranab Mukherjee winning the presidential poll with an overwhelming majority.

Arrest me if I am anti-national, Anna Hazare tells government
Veteran anti-graft activist Anna Hazare has slammed the central government for alleging that his movement is foreign-funded, saying that if the government perceived him as anti-national, it had the means to arrest him.

Anna Hazare unwell, to be hospitalized tomorrow
Pune based physician Dr. Kanti Lal Sancheti today told the mediapersons after examining veteran social activist Anna Hazare that he will be hospitalized in Pune tomorrow.

Lalu Yadav opposes inclusion of PM under Lokpal ambit
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Saturday reiterated his demand for the exclusion of the Prime Minister from the ambit of the Lokpal Bill.

Narayanasamy confident of Lokpal Bill being passed in Budget Session
Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), V Narayanasamy, on Saturday said the government will talk to various political outfits and ensure that the Lokpal Bill is passed in the forthcoming Budget Session of Parliament.

Anna aide criticizes Sonia Gandhi for tabling weak Lokpal Bill
Accusing Congress President Sonia Gandhi of tabling a weak Lokpal Bill in the Parliament, Kumar Vishwas, a close aide of veteran social activist Anna Hazare, today said the UPA Government is acting deaf and dumb and not feeling the pulse of the nation

Team Anna postpones its crucial meeting on Lokpal
Former senior police officer and civil society activist Kiran Bedi on Saturday said the core meeting of the her team members, which was to be held at Anna Hazare's native village Ralegan Siddhi on January 2 and 3, has been postponed due to the ill health of the veteran social activist.

Constitutional expert Subash Kashyap says Government 'shied away' from voting on Lokpal Bill
Top political commentator and constitutional expert, Subhash Kashyap, has said that the UPA Government shied away from voting on the Lokpal Bill in the Rajya Sabha, and then adjourned the House.

Uma Bharti critical of Rahul Gandhi for blaming BJP over Lokpal logjam
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Uma Bharti has criticized Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi for blaming BJP for the non-passage of the Lokpal Bill in Parliament.

BJP supporters stage protest against Central Government for non-passage of Lokpal Bill
Members and supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) staged a demonstration against the Central Government in New Delhi on Friday protesting against the non-enacting Lokpal Bill after Rajya Sabha, was adjourned sine-die without voting for the Bill.

Lokpal Bill did not get passed as it was 'weak', says Sisodia
Close aides of anti-graft activist Anna Hazare on Friday blamed the ruling Congress party for deliberately tabling a weak Lokpal Bill in the Parliament.

Venkaiah Naidu says Rajya Sabha adjournment was 'midnight murder' of democracy
After the Rajya Sabha session ended sine die without a vote on the Lokpal Bill, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Venkaiah Naidu has termed the whole event as the midnight murder of democracy.

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