Environmentalist, Chipko Movement Leader Sundarlal Bahuguna Dies Of COVID-19 | News

May 21, 2021 0 Comments



Environmentalist Sundarlal Bahuguna had fought for the preservation of forests in the Himalayas for years

Highlights
  • 94-year-old environment activist was admitted to AIIMS, Rishikesh
  • Mr Bahuguna had made the issues of water, forest, and land his priority
  • The environmentalist was actively involved in the Anti-Tehri Dam movement

Rishikesh: Renowned environmentalist and Chipko movement leader Sundarlal Bahuguna succumbed to COVID-19 infection at All India Institute Of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Rishikesh on Friday (May 21). “Chipko movement leader Sundarlal Bahuguna died of COVID-19 at AIIMS, Rishikesh today,” the AIIMS Rishikesh informed. The 94-year-old, Padma Vibhushan and Padma Shri awardee was admitted to the hospital after his oxygen levels started fluctuating on May 8. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat mourned the demise of an environmental activist and prayed for peace to the departed soul.

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“Received the most painful news of the demise of Sundarlal Bahuguna, the pioneer of the Chipko movement, Padma Vibhushan, a great environmentalist famously known as Vrikshamitra in the world. My mind is very distressed after hearing this news. This is an irreparable loss not only to Uttarakhand but to the entire country,” tweeted the Chief Minister.

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He said the efforts of Mr Bahuguna, who made the issues of water, forest, and land his priority, and fought for people’s rights, will always be remembered.

“He was awarded the Jamnalal Bajaj Award in 1986 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2009 for his significant contribution in the field of environmental protection. In the field of environmental protection, Sunderlal Bahuguna’s works will be written in golden letters in history,” CM Rawat added.

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The environmentalist had fought for the preservation of forests in the Himalayas for years. He is hugely credited for the success of the Chipko movement that began in 1973 at the foothills of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand (then a part of Uttar Pradesh). The environment activist was also actively involved in the Anti-Tehri Dam movement.

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World

16,55,19,102Cases

6,02,96,671Active

10,17,92,380Recovered

34,30,051Deaths

Coronavirus has spread to 192 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 16,55,19,102 and 34,30,051 have died; 6,02,96,671 are active cases and 10,17,92,380 have recovered as on May 21, 2021 at 4:00 am.

India

2,60,31,991 2,59,551Cases

30,27,9251,01,953Active

2,27,12,735 3,57,295Recovered

2,91,331 4,209Deaths

In India, there are 2,60,31,991 confirmed cases including 2,91,331 deaths. The number of active cases is 30,27,925 and 2,27,12,735 have recovered as on May 21, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

54,97,448 29,911

3,85,785 18,444

50,26,308 47,371

85,355 984

Karnataka

23,35,524 28,869

5,34,975 23,936

17,76,695 52,257

23,854 548

Kerala

22,63,959 30,491

3,18,220 14,006

19,38,887 44,369

6,852 128

Tamil Nadu

17,34,804 35,579

2,63,390 9,814

14,52,283 25,368

19,131 397

Uttar Pradesh

16,51,530 6,681

1,16,434 7,145

15,16,508 13,590

18,588 236

Andhra Pradesh

15,21,142 22,610

2,09,134 602

13,02,208 23,098

9,800 114

Delhi

14,09,950 3,231

40,214 4,833

13,47,157 7,831

22,579 233

West Bengal

12,09,958 19,091

1,31,510 19

10,64,553 18,910

13,895 162

Chhattisgarh

9,36,423 5,212

81,466 4,402

8,42,662 9,501

12,295 113

Rajasthan

8,97,193 7,680

1,43,974 9,152

7,45,873 16,705

7,346 127

Gujarat

7,76,220 4,773

89,018 3,599

6,77,798 8,308

9,404 64

Madhya Pradesh

7,52,735 4,952

72,725 4,882

6,72,695 9,746

7,315 88

Haryana

7,22,964 6,457

62,352 8,406

6,53,407 14,734

7,205 129

Bihar

6,76,045 5,871

54,407 4,204

6,17,397 9,977

4,241 98

Odisha

6,55,899 11,498

96,995 1,603

5,56,501 9,870

2,403 25

Telangana

5,44,263 3,660

45,757 1,189

4,95,446 4,826

3,060 23

Punjab

5,23,423 5,469

67,041 3,458

4,43,666 8,736

12,716 191

Assam

3,53,574 6,573

53,165 3,428

2,97,902 3,071

2,507 74

Jharkhand

3,24,884 2,056

26,511 2,330

2,93,659 4,326

4,714 60

Uttarakhand

3,03,940 3,658

68,643 4,529

2,29,813 8,028

5,484 159

Jammu And Kashmir

2,60,057 4,169

50,554 60

2,06,081 4,042

3,422 67

Himachal Pradesh

1,72,722 2,648

33,448 1,676

1,36,679 4,258

2,595 66

Goa

1,41,567 1,582

20,808 2,156

1,18,487 3,694

2,272 44

Puducherry

91,465 1,957

18,277 625

71,919 1,304

1,269 28

Chandigarh

57,331 404

6,073 497

50,592 891

666 10

Tripura

44,359 863

6,807 482

37,097 379

455 2

Manipur

41,909 644

6,904 87

34,359 546

646 11

Meghalaya

26,927 1,183

6,477 708

20,061 465

389 10

Arunachal Pradesh

23,159 360

2,731 146

20,339 214

89

Nagaland

19,284 326

4,519 93

14,520 222

245 11

Ladakh

17,025 107

1,589 0

15,264 106

172 1

Sikkim

12,204 249

3,122 30

8,865 216

217 3

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

9,850 102

672 16

9,174 86

4

Mizoram

9,740 296

2,303 160

7,407 136

30

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

6,758 49

261 32

6,401 16

96 1

Lakshadweep

5,756 290

1,664 190

4,072 98

20 2





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