Only a 7th standard pass, Anna Hazare’s current ‘life’ is his rebirth after a near death military experience. This bachelor has dedicated his entire life, for the past 35 years to social service, focusing on the village communities. After a 12 year period in the Indian Army, where Annaji was posted in the dangerous India-Pakistan war, he narrowly escaped a bomb attack where all of his fellow soldiers were killed. Annaji felt that life was meaningless, to the point where he no longer wished to live. “If I’m coming with nothing and leaving with nothing” Annaji said, “what’s the point in living?” It was at that juncture that he conveniently came across a Swami Vivekananda Book at Delhi Railway Station. This proved to be a transformational turning point for him. Annaji explained that it was the wise words of the Swami that enlightened him to the true duty of man: ‘manav seva’ (service to mankind).
August 22nd, 2011