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Kejriwal seeks Bharat Ratna for Sunderlal Bahuguna

The environmental activist and leader of the Chipko movement succumbed to Covid at the age of 94 in May this year. 

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: July 17, 2021 11:09:17 pm
Sunderlal BahugunaSunderlal Bahuguna (Express file photo)

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Saturday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to honour the late Chipko movement leader Sunderlal Bahuguna with the Bharat Ratna. Bahuguna, who died at 94 in May, hailed from Tehri Garhwal district in Uttarakhand—where the Aam Aadmi Party will contest Assembly elections next year.

In a letter, Kejriwal highlighted Bahuguna’s journey from fighting for India’s independence in his younger days to starting the Chipko movement in the 1970s. The AAP’s National Convenor wrote that at a time when the world was engaging in environmental exploitation, and environmental protection was not even a part of the international discourse, Bahuguna had the foresight to dedicate himself to protecting the environment.

“We the people of India are fortunate to have a personality like Sunderlal Bahuguna born in our country to guide us. His whole life is a source of inspiration for all of us,” the letter read, Kejriwal added that a portrait of Bahuguna has been installed in the Delhi Vidhan Sabha to inspire and guide Delhi’s policy control.

In a commemoration ceremony on July 15, the Chief Minister had said: “I want to appeal to the central government and PM Modi that Shri Sunderlal Bahuguna should be honoured with the Bharat Ratna. If such a towering personality is honoured with the Bharat Ratna, it will be an honour for the award itself. This will inspire the youth of our country to realise the struggle he undertook in his life. I will also write a letter to the Prime Minister demanding the award for him.”

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