- Anna Hazare
By the way, if Anna's call has served as the wake up call, it is time to rise to occasion and remove the strong holds of corruption.
The fundamental nexus of corruption in India is triangular – political, bureaucratic and corporate. Any attempt to address it in less than these three components will be as good as removing a cancerous tumour partially. Most of the media reporting Anna Hazare's fast unto death to fight corruption in India revolves around removing political and bureaucratic corruptions. Corporate corruption seems to find hardly any mention in the media reporting on the current anti corruption movement. Serious investigations are likely to reveal the otherwise well-known fact of many corporate organisations, especially those run by families of some of the traditionally business communities, running secret cash departments in their organisations. Such cash stacks, mostly managed through highly manipulative accounting practices are breeding grounds of political and bureaucratic corruptions. I was taken aback when I overheard someone talking about the way corporate corruption affects even corporate training. If the overheard conversation is to be believed, some powerful corporate honchos set up proxy training and OD concerns, award huge training contracts running in crores to it and siphon out the money. I tend to believe that such practices can really exist as the corporate share of 2G scam and such other ones are tumbling out ofthe cupboards with the passage of each day.
My curiousity about Anna Hazare took me to Wikipedia and what awed me in his profile therein is extracted below. At least some of my fellow forum members used to the typical Indian corporate culture might find it worthless. But, I tend to believe that most others with the ability to comprehend our social destiny would find it worth aread …….
Kisan Baburao Hazare, popularly known as Anna Hazare (June 15, 1938)
Anna Hazare was born in a poor family. His father Baburao Hazare was an unskilled labourer and his grandfather worked for the army. Anna'a grandfather died in 1945. Anna had completed his education up to fourth standard. He had six younger siblings. The family's financial situation was tough. Baburao's sister, who was childless offered to take care of Anna and took him to Mumbai. Anna's father had trouble making ends meet and eventually had to sell off his farmland making life tougher for the family. This forced Anna who was in Mumbai and just completed his seventh in school to take up a job. Anna worked for a florist at Dadar. In April 1960 he appeared in Army recruitment and was selected. After training, he was posted as a military truck driver. During the Indo-Pak war of 1965, he was driving a military vehicle somewhere on the western front when he saw a Pakistani plane flying low overhead. He and his colleagues jumped out of the vehicle and took shelter in the nearby bushes, lying flat on the ground. The truck was blown up and all his colleagues were killed, but he escaped unhurt. Once in Delhi he came acrossa small booklet titled Call to the Youth for Nation Building by Swami Vivekananda in a book-stall at the New Delhi railway station. Vivekananda's thoughts gave meaning to his life and he decided to devote the rest of his life working for the society. He read many more booksby Vivekananda, Mahatma Gandhi and Acharya Vinoba Bhave. In 1970 he told his parents about his decision not to get married. He urged his parents to go ahead and arrange the marriage of his younger brothers. The new-found desire to live beyond his narrow self interest later drove him to seek retirement from the Army and come back to serve his own village. Finally, in August 1975, he got relieved from the Army and came back to Ralegan Siddhi, his village. This followed his well known, self-less social works ….
Today Anna has almost acquired the stature of a saint. He donated his land for the hostel building in his village. He gives his pension money to the village fund. A confirmed bachelor, he lives in the village temple with bare minimum of personal belongings. He eats simple food normally cooked for the hostel boys. Both his parents and brothers stay in the village but they are no different from him than any other family in the village. Anna's moral code of conduct is also quite strict. Anna believes that punishment is an essential component of the process to bring about conformity to social morality.
Anna Hazare was arrested in 1998 when a defamation suit was filed against him by the then Maharashtra Social Welfare minister Babanrao Golap. He was released following public uproar.
Padmashree award by government of India in the year 1990
Indira Priyadarshini Vrikshamitra award, by government of India on November 19, 1986 from the hands of Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi.
Krishi Bhushana award by Maharashtra government in 1989.
On April 15, 2008, Kisan Baburao Hazare received the World Bank's 2008 Jit Gill Memorial Award for Outstanding Public Service.
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* It is impossible to change the village without transforming the individual. Similarly it is impossible to transform the country without changing its villages.
* If villages are to develop, politics have to be kept out.
* Education without spirituality cannot help development.
* Money alone does not bring development, but it certainly corrupts.
* The work of social transformation is neither easy nor impossible.
* Educational institutions are not enough to make good citizens, every home should become an educational center.
* When the person learns to see beyond his self-interest, he begins to get mental peace.
* One who performs all worldly functions and still remains detached from worldly things is a true saint.
* Salvation of the self is a part of salvation of the people.
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