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Anna Hazare





Kisan Baburao "Anna" Hazare (Age – 77 years) is an Indian social activist who led movements to promote rural development, increase government transparency, and investigate and punish corrupt in public life.

A soldier, lone survivor in his unit in 1965 Indo-Pak war, Anna dedicated his life to the well-being of society. A bachelor, an ascetic, he has no possessions, no bank balance and lives in a temple. He is a living Mahatma Gandhi!

In Maharashtra, Anna has single handedly transformed barren and dry regions into green and food surplus areas.

He has fasted unto death on several earlier occasions. - He forced the Maharashtra government to dismiss the corrupt - 6 ministers and 400 officers. - Due to his fast, the govt enacted the Maharashtra RTI Act. - In 2006, when government of India tried to amend the Central RTI Act, he again went on an indefinite fast and forced the Indian government not to amend RTI Act.

Today, Anna Hazare is the face of India's fight against corruption. He has taken that fight to the corridors of power and challenged the government at the highest level. People, the common man and well-known personalities alike, are supporting him in the hundreds swelling to the thousands.

Fitness
"Anna has always been a fitness freak. Even after he retired from the army and returned to the village, he never stopped walking or jogging every morning. Of course, ever since he developed a cervical problem five years ago, he has been doing more yoga," said Hazare's younger brother Maruti, 65, who is a farmer in Ralegan Siddhi.

Since 1980, Hazare, who was then recently retired from the army, would reach the Nilobarai Vidyalaya ground in Ralegan Siddhi village to participate in the physical training (PT) class with the schoolchildren every day at 5.30am, recalled Takharam Raut, former principal of the school and a trustee of Hazare's Hind Swaraj Trust. "Anna is a very fit man. He would exercise with the children every morning for nearly 10 years before he got busy," said Raut, who has worked closely with Hazare for the last three decades.

"After Anna got busy with his anti-corruption crusades and touring out of the village, he did yoga for an hour every morning. Recently, he even started doing pranayama," Raut said.

Raut believes that Hazare's spartan lifestyle coupled with his controlled vegetarian diet and complete abstinence from tobacco and alcohol are responsible for his abundant energy and strength. Anna's controlled diet keeps him light on his feet