Ralegan Siddhi: Social activist Anna Hazare
on Sunday began his week-long `maun vrat` (vow of silence) at his
native village for "atma shanti" (peace of soul).
"Anna began his maun vrat this morning. He is sitting
under a banyan tree near the Padmavati temple here," Hazare`s
close aide, Datta Awari, said.
The 74-year-old Gandhian will stay in a `kuti` (hut)
during the maun vrat, Awari said.
Hazare has been continuously interacting with people
after ending his 12-day-old fast for a strong Lokpal Bill in
Delhi in August, and this put a lot of strain on him, Awari
The vow of silence comes close on the heels of the recent
assault by suspected Ram Sene activists on a key `Team Anna`
member, Prashant Bhushan, who had advocated plebiscite in
Hazare has distanced himself from Bhushan`s statement,
saying he did not agree with it and that it was the senior
lawyer`s personal view.