Book title: ANNA HAZARE: The Face of India`s Fight Against Corruption
Author(s): Pradeep Thakur & Pooja Rana (Eds.)
ISBN: 9788182745452
Publication Year: 2011
Binding: HB
Pages: 124
Price: Rs. 295
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About the Book:

This book is an exhaustive study of the face of corruption in Indian polity and the role of a lone crusader like Anna Hazare in cleaning it up. It traces the history of various abortive attempts to frame a strong Anti-corruption bill that could deter people occupying public offices from polluting the domain of democratic governance in India. Against this backdrop, it highlights the exasperation of the civil society with the clumsy attempts of public personalities to frame, and at times to block the birth, of such a law. It etches out the contours of Anna Hazare’s attempts to forge this angst of the civil society into a powerful popular movement to force law makers to understand the urgency of introducing such a bill in the Parliament. The book also takes a panoramic view of corruption in high places in India and how it has been eating into the vitals of Indian economy and citizens welfare. It highlights the inadequacy of the existing legal provisions to prosecute public personalities for their crimes of corruption against the state and the nation. In the murky waters of corruption, the book touches a human chord when it dips into the past of Anna Hazare to build the persona of this great son of India, who practices what he preaches. No wonder, he calls himself a “fakir” a man who has no family, no property and no bank balance. He lives in a small room attached to the Yadavbaba temple in Ahmednagar’s Ralegan Siddhi village, 110km from Pune and wears on khadi. But when 72-years old Kisan Baburao Hazare alias Anna Hazare starts an agitation, every leader from Mumbai to Delhi sits up and takes notice. Even his detractors and politicians, who hate his guts, grudgingly accept he is the only person who has the power to mobilize common people across the country and shake up a government. His small frail body has taken several blows from the countless agitations, tours and hunger strikes he has undertaken since he came in public life in 1975 but the motive of his life remains service to his fellow humans. Today, Anna Hazare is the face of India’s fight against corruption and better known as GANDHI OF MODERN INDIA.



About the Author:

A seasoned journalist, Pradeep Thakur, has rich and varied experience of working with prominent media groups in India. He is widely traveled and has more than two decade long experience of covering wide range of subjects. Now whole-time writing and publishing keeps him meaningfully engaged. His published works are :Tata Nano: The Peoples Car, Carrying Dhirubhai’s Vision Forward: Mukesh Ambani; The Shining Star of America & The World: Barack Obama; The King of Steel: Lakshmi N. Mittal; Angelina Jolie: Is She the World’s Most Powerful Celebrity?; and Tiger in Woods: The Story of World’s No. 1 Sports-brand Tiger Woods.

Dr. Pooja Rana is an English Honours from the prestigious St. Bede’s College, Simla, India and a postgraduate and doctorate in mass communication from Guru Jambeshwar University of Science and Technology from Hisar, Haryana, India. She has been teaching communication theory and print media for the past over six years at the leading Department of Communication Studies of Jagannath International Management School of Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi. Working as an Associate Professor of Journalism, she has also been looking after the international journal of communication studies, Mass Communicator, as an Associate Editor. She has presented papers in several national and international  conferences in India and abroad. She is also shortly coming out with an edited book on Media in the Swirl, apart from yet another on Business Communication. She has also been conferred with a national award in education by former Governor of Assam, Sri Bhishma Pratap Singh.


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