For Anil Madhav Dave, work came first. Despite ill health, he spent long hours in office

Anil Dave was supposed to go to Coimbatore today to attend a function but he complained of uneasiness last night and had to be taken to AIIMS.

Written by Amitabh Sinha | New Delhi | Updated: May 18, 2017 12:22 pm
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Anil Madhav Dave, whose selection as Environment Minister last July surprised many, died this morning. He was unwell for the last few months and functioning only partially.

Dave, 60, had contracted pneumonia in January this year and had not been able to recover fully after that. But he spent a long time in office on Wednesday, holding meetings. He had detailed discussions with a group of activists who had gone to Environment Ministry to protest against clearance granted to a genetically modified mustard variety.

In the evening, he had a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “I was with Anil Madhav Dave ji till late last evening discussing key policy issues. This demise is a personal loss,” Modi said in a message on his Twitter page, mourning the death of Dave.

Dave was supposed to go to Coimbatore today to attend a function but he complained of uneasiness last night and had to be taken to AIIMS. MoS in the Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh this morning said Dave passed away following a cardiac arrest.

A Gujarati bachelor who lived almost his entire life in Madhya Pradesh, Dave followed a very regulated and austere life. He was a vegetarian, ate very little, and an avid yoga practitioner. He used to do yoga in the morning as well as evening, even if he was in office. A Rajya Sabha MP since 2009, Dave has been associated with a campaign for conservation of Narmada river since long. Last Monday, he attended an event related to Madhya Pradesh government’s Narmada Yatra in Indore despite his ill-health.

Before being appointed as Environment Minister, Dave had never held any official position besides being an MP. Though he was a student leader and was associated with various social causes including conservation of Narmada, his foray in active politics came only in the early years of the previous decade. He was considered close to Uma Bharti, then chief minister of Madhya Pradesh and now Water Resources Minister in the union cabinet.

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Dave used to espouse the causes of vegetarianism, organic and natural farming, healthy rivers and used to oppose big dams. Despite his genial personality and extremely soft-spoken manners, he held very strong views. One of his eight books is titled ‘Sambhal Ke Rahna Ghar Me Chhupe Hue Gaddaro Se (Beware of the traitors hiding within)’.

Before becoming a minister, he used to be a frequent speaker at school and college functions in which he used to talk about his idea of India. A great admirer of Swami Vivekanand, Shivaji and Chandrashekhar Azad, he used to invoke them repeatedly in his speeches and writings.

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    Shamsul Islam
    May 18, 2017 at 9:20 pm
    Yes Anil Dave is working overtime to destabilise India’s environmental security or whatever of it was left. There has been unprecedented level of forest clearance during his period as well as that of his predecessor Mr Jawedkar. An onslaught on the forests as during the colonial period. Keep on chanting BHARAT MATA KI JAI and let the money bags destroy India's forests!
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      surendra s
      May 18, 2017 at 6:17 pm
      One of the best performers in the current government. It's a big loss for the country.
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        jignesh mittal
        May 18, 2017 at 2:33 pm
        out of worlds top 10 cities of air pollution 6 are from india - ganga river water is not only undrinkable but hazardous and poisonous due to industrial waste flowing unchecked, world countries rank india as one of most polluted and uninhabitable place to live in with pathetic environment -
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          citizen
          May 18, 2017 at 2:29 pm
          when V P SINGH died champions of backwards who cons ute 80 percent of indias population there was a corner small unreadable news - why this discrimination
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            sandy.sawant@gmail.com
            May 18, 2017 at 2:12 pm
            Rest in peace Mr Dave....
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              AW
              May 18, 2017 at 2:02 pm
              pease audit the environment of india from when he took office i am sure there is tremendous destruction of rivers forests flood plians oceans mangrooves - in last 3 years indias temperature rose 2-4 degree abnormally - then what he did ???
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                manish
                May 18, 2017 at 1:54 pm
                rest in peace, such politicians are hard to find
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                  Ashok Girotra
                  May 18, 2017 at 1:52 pm
                  STRANGE ARE WAYS OF GOD...MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE
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                    Rajesh
                    May 18, 2017 at 1:02 pm
                    Great loss to nation, we lost one honest and very dedicated leader. We have very few leaders like him across the party. May God give rebirth in India to serve the nation. RIP
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                      kiren mishra
                      May 18, 2017 at 1:21 pm
                      have you seen indias environment - 80 percent rivers dried up totally 70 percent forests are uprooted , - take Ariel view india looks like big desert
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                        DimaagKaDahi
                        May 18, 2017 at 1:44 pm
                        You cannot blame one man for India's climate change, particularly someone who headed the ministry for barely a year. Have some respect. Take your snark elsewhere.
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                          Ajayan
                          May 18, 2017 at 2:26 pm
                          Yes, someone ruled INdia for 70 years..ask them..
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                            kiren mishra
                            May 18, 2017 at 2:50 pm
                            @ dimak ka dahi ajayan - you say ask them then for what dave given credit you should give credit to them - when it comes for credit u say we done when your pol khol happens u show finger in past to somebody - then y impersonating MR dave as MR great
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                          Ivan
                          May 18, 2017 at 12:46 pm
                          Sad to hear this. May his soul rest in peace.
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                            arc
                            May 18, 2017 at 12:33 pm
                            What exactly has he done as minister? Does anyone know?
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                              laxman
                              May 18, 2017 at 12:41 pm
                              he indirectly allowed rdestruction of yamuna flood plains by one triplr sri and feku as guest this year india reached 47 degree equivalent to deserts like kuwait - so he converted a agrerian state into desert and millions starving to death
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                                Ajayan
                                May 18, 2017 at 2:27 pm
                                go spit your bigotry elsewhere you swine
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                              laxman
                              May 18, 2017 at 12:27 pm
                              when a brahmin dies it becomes breaking news 7 days mourning holidays are declared till yesterday no body new dave from today his name will be included in textbooks and his great work to be remembered same time these higher caste are butchering raping murdering so many dalits adivasis and minorities to death even their names remain anonymous such is pathetic state of vedic india
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                                AKG
                                May 18, 2017 at 1:45 pm
                                Laxman you seems to be full of jealousy and hate, clearly shows your upbringing. Let the dead RIP.
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                                  Ajayan
                                  May 18, 2017 at 2:29 pm
                                  go spit your bigotry elsewhere you swine
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                                    arc
                                    May 18, 2017 at 2:44 pm
                                    You do not know the meaning of bigotry. Check the dictionary. Comment in English only after learning the language. Or go to Panchajanya and comment in Hindi, your gaumata"s language.
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                                      laxman
                                      May 18, 2017 at 3:00 pm
                                      swine is varaha avatara of lord vishnu - i can book u for hurting hindu sentiments
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                                    MOnk
                                    May 18, 2017 at 12:22 pm
                                    Ver sad to hear. His soul may rest in peace. He was very energetic.
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                                      Nitul Bhatt
                                      May 18, 2017 at 11:56 am
                                      Respect to the leader and his soul. We need such dedicated leader who live a frugal and austere life
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                                        arc
                                        May 18, 2017 at 11:51 am
                                        Moral of the story: ministers should not spent too much time in the evening with India's only MA in ENTIRE political science.
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                                          arc
                                          May 18, 2017 at 11:49 am
                                          Another fascist gone. Good for India. May his soul burn in along with guru golwalkar's.
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                                            deepak sankhla
                                            May 18, 2017 at 12:08 pm
                                            And you keep burning in your hatred! B i g o t!!
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                                              arc
                                              May 18, 2017 at 12:23 pm
                                              Ha ha. A chaddi cal someone bigot. Check the dictionary. The word fits every chaddi. Learn the language before commenting here.
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                                              Jay
                                              May 18, 2017 at 12:23 pm
                                              Don' worry God will give you the same for your words
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                                                ZW
                                                May 18, 2017 at 1:28 pm
                                                but in reality there is no god - it is creation of priests for their survival
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                                                laxman
                                                May 18, 2017 at 12:30 pm
                                                environment minister was sleeping when triple sri with feku as chief guest were eroding and destroying yamuna floods with displacement of 300 farmers which destro their lives - shame on this minister
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                                                  Valentin C
                                                  May 18, 2017 at 12:41 pm
                                                  You seem to find happiness in others' deaths.
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                                                    arc
                                                    May 18, 2017 at 1:05 pm
                                                    Some deaths are to be celebrated. The world celebrated when Hitler died. It is absolutely hypocritical to find after the death of a man virtues when there was none. Fasclists have no virtues, dead or alive. But yes, a dead fascist is better than a living fascist.
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                                                      mahesh rupani
                                                      May 18, 2017 at 1:30 pm
                                                      RSS people distributed sweets when they killed mahatma hi
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                                                      DimaagKaDahi
                                                      May 18, 2017 at 1:46 pm
                                                      Spoken like Mani Shankar Aiyar's stooge or a . Though being MSA or is the same.
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                                                        Ajayan
                                                        May 18, 2017 at 2:29 pm
                                                        ARC - go spit your bigotry elsewhere you swine
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                                                          laxman
                                                          May 18, 2017 at 3:01 pm
                                                          swine is varaha avatara of lord vishnu - i can book u for hurting hindu sentiments
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                                                        Joji
                                                        May 18, 2017 at 11:20 am
                                                        May God rest his soul in peace
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                                                          AK
                                                          May 18, 2017 at 11:08 am
                                                          Working under pressure is dangerous for health. Sad.
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