Antony gags Army from commenting on Hazare

New Delhi, Apr 7: Defence Minister A K Antony has reportedly ordered top army officials not to comment on veteran social activist Anna Hazare's fast-unto-death on the Lokpal issue.

Top Army officers have been asked to convey this to the rank and file.

Anna Hazare was a driver in the Indian Army and spent his spare time reading the books of Swami Vivekananda, Mahatma Gandhi and Acharya Vinoba Bhave. This inspired him to become a social worker and activist.

Kisan Bapat Baburao Hazare, popularly known as Anna Hazare, later took voluntary retirement from the Army and came to Ralegan Siddhi village in 1975.

Initially, he led a movement to eradicate alcoholism from the village. Next, he motivated the residents of the village into shramdan (voluntary labour) to build canals, small-scale check-dams and percolation tanks in the nearby hills for watershed development; efforts that solved the problem of water scarcity and made irrigation possible.

Hazare has helped farmers of over 70 villages in drought-hit Maharashtra since 1975. He also motivated villagers to build a secondary school through voluntary labour.

A gag order (also known as a gagging order or suppression order) is an order, sometimes a legal order by a court or government, other times a private order by an employer or other institution, restricting information or comment from being made public.

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