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Kisan Bapat Baburao Hazare  (born 15 January 1940), popularly known as Anna Hazare , is an Indian social activist who is especially recognized for his contribution to the development of Ralegan Siddhi, a village in Parner taluka of Ahmednagar districtMaharashtraIndia and his efforts for establishing it as a model village, for which he was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India in 1992.

On 5 April 2011, Hazare started a 'fast unto death' to exert pressure on the Government of India to enact a strong anti-corruption act as envisaged in the Jan Lokpal Bill, a law that will establish a Lokpal (ombudsman) that will have the power to deal with corruption in public offices. The fast led to nation wide protests in support of Hazare. The fast ended on 9 April 2011 with two of the most important demands of the movement — that at least 50% of the members of the bill draft committee be non-politicians and that the Co-chairman of the draft committee be a non-politician — met by the Government of India.

SOURCE: WIKIPEDIA

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