Anil Madhav Dave cremated with full state honours on Narmada bank

Dave in his will had said that his body should be cremated in Bandrabhan on the Narmada river in Madhya Pradesh

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 19, 2017 11:14 am
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The funeral of Union Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave, who passed away on Thursday following a cardiac arrest, was held on Friday on the banks of Narmada river in Bandrabhan in Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh.

Dave, in a will which he had written on July 23, 2012, had said that his body should be cremated in Bandrabhan on the Narmada river. Bandrabhan is place where the late Union environment minister used to organise the International River Festival every two years. His funeral pyre was lit by his his brother and nephew amid the presence of several leaders.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Union ministers Harsh Vardhan, Uma Bharti, Anant Kumar, Narendra Singh Tomar and Thawar Chand Gehlot, senior RSS leaders Bhaiyyaji Joshi, Dattatraya Hosbole and Suresh Soni, BJP general secretary Kailash Vijaywargiya among others were present on the occasion.

Chouhan and other BJP leaders lent their shoulders to the departed leader. A guard of honour was also given as a mark of respect him.

Dave’s body was brought to Bhopal from Delhi on Thursday evening in an Indian Air Force plane. Following that it was taken to the BJP state headquarters where people and party workers paid their last respects to the leader. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and other party leaders were present at the city airport to receive his body draped in a tricolour.

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His funeral was performed with full state honours. Madhya Pradesh government has also declared a two-day state mourning following Dave’s death.

Born in Madhya Pradesh  on July 6, 1956, Anil Dave held several posts. An MP representing Madhya Pradesh, Dave took charge as Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Independent Charge), on July 6, 2016, following a reshuffle in the Narendra Modi Cabinet.

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Dave was was known for his work on the conservation of the Narmada river in Madhya Pradesh, his home state. He had also founded the ‘Narmada Samagra’ organisation that worked towards the same goal. Anil Dave was also an author having authored several books on various subjects including environment and climate change.

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    naresh jadeja
    May 19, 2017 at 3:07 pm
    during his w life he has not planted a single tree but tel others , and in five yrs given licences to so many chemical factories putting their hazardous chemical waste in rivers destroying environment - is it not hypocrisy
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      An Observer
      May 19, 2017 at 5:59 pm
      Shame on you idi' t. At least learn to respect the departed soul. He was an environmentalist. Do you know that, you pi g
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      deshbhakt
      May 19, 2017 at 3:04 pm
      burning dead bodies and throwing ashes in water will pollute narmada river - and living status already given - stop this murder of environment for some mediocre people
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        Dash
        May 19, 2017 at 2:59 pm
        Honesty,simplicity,integrity personified. His selfless work will always be remebered. His work on river rejuvenation and environment will be missed. In his will,he has made it clear that there'd be ni stautues in his memory. Instead trees should be planted. Om shanti.
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          arc
          May 19, 2017 at 12:56 pm
          Bye bye fascist. May your soul burn in along with golwalkar's.
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            Lord Yama
            May 19, 2017 at 12:15 pm
            A VIP is given a dignified funeral and cremation with state honors . While the common man has to deal with filthy crematoriums with stray animals like d0gs and s roaming around .
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              Dr. Tushar Chakraborty
              May 19, 2017 at 12:08 pm
              deep respect ! Primarily and genuinely a social activist , not interested in power politics .
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                charu
                May 19, 2017 at 11:26 am
                respect
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