The man who is galvanising an entire nation against graft was himself inspired by a Hindu monk who preached the message of Indian spirituality to the world. Books on Swami Vivekanada are flying off the shelves in Himachal Pradesh after Anna Hazare repeatedly referred to the philosopher-saint as the guiding light of his life.
"I have specially purchased the book, Vivekananda: A Biography by Swami Nikhilananda to understand the ultimate motives of human life," Parul Sood, a management student at Himachal Pradesh University, said.
"As one book has changed the entire life of Anna -- from an ordinary soldier to a crusader against corruption, I am also trying to find out answers to my questions, mainly on aims of a human being, in the book," she said.
Anna Hazare, whose real name is Kisan Baburao Hazare, joined the army as a driver in 1963 at the age of 25 through an emergency recruitment drive. During the 1965 India-Pakistan war, his vehicle came under heavy aerial fire, killing all its occupants except him.
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