Mumbai: Social activist Anna Hazare on Sunday
said that people should first bring about a change in their
own localities before thinking of changing the country.
"First change your locality and then think of changing
the country. The lanes should be developed first to bring
about a change in the country," Hazare said.
The Gandhian, who hails from Ralegan Siddhi village in
Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra, said in his village people
used to sleep without food, water and other facilities
earlier. "But then people changed it and prosperity can be
seen all over now," he said.
He also expressed unhappiness over the "dwindling"
number of politicians, who think that India could grow.
"During the elections, people talk for long hours. But later
they do not act upon it. There are only a few people left in
the politics, who think that India would grow. Their number
has dwindled now," Anna said.
He said that development and putting an end to
corruption are two important things. "First thing is
development. All-round development is a must for the country`s
growth. However, during this development, one should also
bring an end to corruption. Development and corruption are two
sides of the same coin."
Hazare was talking to media after inaugurating an
exhibition of photographs at the Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh
here in south Mumbai today.
The exhibition displays moments from his daily life in
Ralegan Siddhi. The photographs were clicked by Mumbai
resident Vishal Yadav, who works as a driver for a Hindi news
"The exhibition has showed the other side of my
agitation. The pictures show what happened before the
agitation...what I was drinking, eating and doing. Some people
may think that the pictures do not depict Jantar Mantar and
Ramleela Maidan agitations as well as the Tihar jail
incidents. But the Delhi agitation pictures can be seen on the