Anna Hazare: News

Anna Kisan Baburao Hazare is a Gandhian social activist hailing from the state of Maharashtra. He is known for having led the Jan Lokpal Bill anti-corruption movement during 2011-12. Born in a poor household, Hazare did odd jobs from an early age to support his family. He joined the Indian Army in the early 1960s and was posted along the border during the 1965 India-Pakistan war. During this time, Hazare came across the works of Swami Vivekananda and Mahatma Gandhi, which propelled him towards social service. He left the Army in 1975 and returned to his village Ralegan Siddhi, which faced serious issues of poverty, illiteracy, drought, and alcohol-induced crimes. Hazare resolved these problems with support from villagers, taking steps such as banning alcohol, increasing literacy rates, setting up of Grain Banks, among other novel solutions. From the 1990s onwards, Hazare turned his attention to government corruption and organized several protests over the next two decades, which held public servants accountable for scams and fund misappropriation. His biggest protest, which transformed him from a regional activist to a national leader, was the Jan Lokpal Bill movement of 2011-12 for a stringent Lokpal Bill to combat government corruption.

11 Mar 2019

Tanishaa Mukerji

Tanishaa Mukerji faces racism in NY, calls it 'traumatic experience'

Neal 'n' Nikki actor Tanishaa Mukerji claims to have a brush with racism during her recent New York trip.

Fasting Anna Hazare says BJP 'used him' in 2014

Activist Anna Hazare, whose fast entered the sixth day on Monday, said the Bharatiya Janata Party 'used him' in 2014 and his agitation helped the saffron party come to power.

04 Feb 2019

Prime Minister

Anna to return Padma Bhushan if Lokpal demands aren't met

Days after he launched a hunger strike demanding implementation of the The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, social crusader Anna Hazare has now said that he will return his Padma Bhushan if his demands aren't met by February 8.

30 Jan 2019

Narendra Modi

Anna Hazare begins hunger strike demanding Lokpal formation

On Wednesday, social activist Anna Hazare began a fast at his village of Ralegan Siddhi, demanding the formation of a Lokpal at the Central level and Lokayuktas at the state level.

02 Oct 2018

Devendra Fadnavis

Hazare cancels proposed hunger strike, says government took certain steps

Social activist Anna Hazare today put off his proposed hunger strike over various demands including the appointment of Lokpal, saying the government had taken certain steps that had shown a "ray of hope".

25 Jun 2018

Navi Mumbai

CID still probing 2009-complaint of conspiracy to kill Hazare: RTI

Nine years on, the Maharashtra CID is still probing a complaint filed by social activist Anna Hazare against former state minister Padamsinh Patil for allegedly conspiring to kill him, according to an RTI query.

12 Jun 2018

India Today

MP: Bhaiyyuji Maharaj, guru to top-politicians, shoots himself to death

Self-styled spiritual guru Bhaiyyuji Maharaj, consultant to top politicians like former Maharashtra CMs Vilasrao Deshmukh and Sushil Kumar Shinde, shot himself to death at his Indore home today.

28 Mar 2018


Delhi: Major markets shut down to protest sealing drive

Due to a protest by trade association members, 7-lakh business establishments and over 3,000 commercial markets in New Delhi will remain closed today.

26 Mar 2018


As Anna Hazare continues stir, villagers protest in 'Sholay' style

As the most famous resident of their village continued his indefinite hunger strike in Delhi, people in Anna Hazare's Ralegan Siddhi on Monday replicated actor Dharmendra's protest atop a water tank in the iconic film "Sholay", to support the social activist's demands.

23 Mar 2018


Anna Hazare is back in Delhi with his anti-corruption protest

Seven years after his hunger strike shook the then UPA government, anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare is back at Delhi's iconic Ramlila Maidan.

21 Jan 2018


Sheila Dixit: Had lot of differences with Manmohan Singh's government

In the coming days, Congress may have to put out many fires. Earlier, former-telecom minister A Raja slammed them for not supporting him during 2G scam. Now, former-Delhi CM Sheila Dixit has made some explosive revelations in her autobiography "Citizen Delhi: My Times, My Life."

02 Oct 2017


Gandhi Jayanti: President Kovind, PM Modi pay tributes to Gandhiji

As the nation commemorates Mahatma Gandhi on his 148th birth anniversary, President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu, PM Narendra Modi paid tributes to the "Father of the Nation" at Rajghat in Delhi.

10 May 2017


Kejriwal should resign if he is guilty: Anna Hazare

Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare said he was "pained and hurt" by the allegations against Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, who was one of his closest aides during the Lokpal movement.

20 Mar 2017

Delhi Police

Jantar Mantar becomes the newest haven for marijuana dealers

Delhi's Jantar Mantar, famous as India's 'protest street', has a new identity - a marijuana hotspot. 'Langda (lame) man' Umesh Singh from Bihar is the go-to man; he knows where to get which variety of weed at which time of day, and at what price.

05 Jan 2017


Some hits and some misses from Mumbai

Navi Mumbai may have to wait much longer for an airport.

16 Aug 2016

Narendra Modi

L&T bags contract for Nagpur under Smart Cities Mission

L & T has been granted a contract of Rs.550 crore for Phase 1.

30 Jun 2016

Narendra Modi

Anna writes to PM Modi, expresses concern over Smart Cities

Anna Hazare wrote to Prime Minister Modi questioning his agenda behind the Smart Cities Mission.