Sunderlal Bahuguna, a well-known environmentalist and founder of the Chipko movement, died on Friday at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Rishikesh after a long fight with Covid-19. He was 94 years old at the time. He died at 12:05 p.m., according to AIIMS Director Ravikant.
Bahuguna, an eco-activist, dedicated his life to persuading and educating villagers to oppose the degradation of forests and Himalayan mountains. It was thanks to his efforts that then-Prime Minister Indira Gandhi banned tree cutting. The slogan “ecology is the permanent economy” is what most people associate with Bahuguna.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his sorrow over Bahuguna’s death on Twitter, calling it a “monumental loss” for our country, and demonstrating our centuries-old ethos of living in harmony with nature.
Under Bahuguna, the Chipko Movement had gained momentum.
The Chipko movement was a nonviolent agitation that began in 1973 with the goal of protecting and conserving trees. However, it is perhaps best known for the mass mobilisation of women for the cause of saving forests, which also resulted in a shift in attitudes about women’s status in society.
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