Anna Hazare

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Anna Hazare

Today, Anna Hazare is the face of India's fight against corruption.

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Anna Hazare
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Anna Hazare

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.

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Anna Hazare

For Anna Hazare, it is another battle. And he has fought quite a few, including some as a soldier for 15 years in Indian Army. He enlisted after the 1962 Indo-China war when the government exhorted young men to join the Army.

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Anna Hazare

The villagers revere him. Thakaram Raut, a school teacher in Ralegaon Siddhi says, "Thanks to Anna's agitations, we got a school, we got electricity, we got development schemes for farmers.''

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Anna Hazare

He fought first against corruption that was blocking growth in rural India. His organization - the Bhrashtachar Virodhi Jan Andolan (People's movement against Corruption).

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Anna Hazare

In 1978, he took voluntary retirement from the 9th Maratha Battalion and returned home to Ralegaon Siddhi.He found farmers back home struggling for survival and their suffering would prompt him to pioneer rainwater conservation that put his little hamlet on the international map as a model village.

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His tool of protest - hunger strikes.

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And his prime target - politicians.

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