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Friday, 25 June 2021 7.48 PM IST

Sundarlal Bahuguna, leader of Chipko Movement dies of Covid-19

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DEHRADUN: Environmental activist Sundarlal Bahuguna, a pioneer of the Chipko Movement against deforestation in the 1970s, passed away today. He was 94 years old.

His death was declared by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Rishikesh where he was admitted for Covid treatment, ANI reported. Bahuguna died at 12.05 pm, said AIIMS Rishikesh Director Ravikant.

One of India's best-known environmentalists, was admitted to the hospital on May 8 after testing positive for Covid. His condition turned critical last night, with his oxygen level dropping drastically. He was on CPAP therapy in the hospital's ICU.

Condoling his death, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the late environmentalist manifested "our centuries old ethos of living in harmony with nature."

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat expressed sadness saying it was Bahuguna who turned the Chipko movement into one of the masses.

A long-time follower of Gandhian principles, Bahuguna transformed the spontaneous Chipko Movement into a turning point in India's forest conservation efforts.

Chipko means "to hug". During the 1970s, when reckless cutting of trees began affecting people's livelihoods, villagers in Uttarakhand's Chamoli began to protest. The tipping point came when the government, in January 1974, announced the auction of 2,500 trees, overlooking the Alakananda river.

When the lumberjacks arrived, a girl who saw them informed the village heads. Women in large groups came out and stopped the lumbermen by hugging the trees, signifying an embrace, despite being threatened. Three local women, Gaura Devi, Sudesha Devi, and Bachni Devi, championed the cause.

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