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    Who is Anna Hazare ?

    Anna Hazare is one of India's well-acclaimed social activists. A former soldier in the Indian army, Anna is well known and respected for upgrading the ecology and economy of the village of Ralegan Siddhi which is located in the drought prone Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra state. The erstwhile barren village has metamorphosed into a unique model of rural development due to its effective water conservation methods, which made the villagers self-sufficient. Earlier, the same village witnessed alcoholism, utter poverty and migration to urban slums. Inspired by Hazare's unique approach of salvaging a hopeless village, the state government has implemented the `Model Village' scheme as part of its official strategy. Hazare is now synonymous with rural development in India.
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    Hai DeepuMohandas,

    You are absolutely right that Anna-ji was a former soldier in the Indian army and fought 1965 Indo-Pak War. He built a village Ralegaon Siddhi in Ahamad Nagar district, Maharashtra. This village is a self-sustained village and energy is produced in the village itself from solar power, biofuel and wind mills. In 1975, it used to be a poverty clad village. Now it is one of the richest village in India. It has become a model for self-sustained, eco-friendly & harmonic village.

    Anna Hazare was awarded Padma Bhushan and is a known figure for his social activities.

    With regards,

    Jithinsha

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    With regards,

    Jithinsha

  • #4473
    Rightly mentioned by the authors, Anna Hazare is a great social reformist who has shown that a place of abject poverty with the majority drunkards can be made a model village of not only the of the State of Maharashtra but the whole country. The village is self sufficient in all respects.

    His core idea was that the natural resources and human resources if properly planned can improve the persons, place, village and society without indiscriminate exploitation of natural resources. Side by side he was also fighting against corruption in Maharashtra.He was honoured for his services to the humanity by conferring Padma Bhushan.

    With Regards
    Ramanathan A R

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