One of India’s most well-known social activists, Anna Hazare is recognised for adopting non-violent tactics like hunger strikes to bring about positive change in the nation.
Hazare is best recognised for his tireless efforts to combat corruption in India, including his work to shield able public servants from unfair transfers and bureaucratic obstacles. When he realised that the system itself was rife with flaws that permitted corruption, he worked to create the Right to Information Act and the Jan Lokpal Bill, giving the common man more power.
For 15 years, Anna Hazare served in the Indian Army, first as a truck driver and then as a soldier, enduring extreme weather in places like Leh-Ladakh, Mizoram, Assam, Jammu & Kashmir, and Sikkim.
Around the age of 26, Hazare’s struggle with life led him to consider suicide, but a book by Swami Vivekananda saved him. Hazare claimed to have come to the realisation that serving humanity was the main purpose of existence. Working to improve the lot of ordinary people was similar to praying to God.
He received the Padma Bhushan for fully changing his hometown of Ralegan Siddhi into a model hamlet for other towns.