Assam CM mourns Chipko Movement leader Sunderlal Bahuguna’s demise


GUWAHATI: Assam chief minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma condoled the demise of renowned environmentalist and Chipko movement leader Sundarlal Bahuguna, who succumbed to COVID-19 infection at All India Institute Of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Rishikesh on Friday.

“He so passionately championed the Chipko Movement and taught the value of forest conservation to many generations of us. In Sunderlal Bahuguna today, we have lost India’s most iconic & ardent champion of environment. My humble tribute to the legend,” CM Sarma tweeted.

The 94-year-old, Padma Vibhushan and Padma Shri awardee was admitted to the hospital after his oxygen levels started fluctuating on May 8.

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.