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Chipko movement pioneer Sunderlal Bahuguna dies of Covid-19

Environmentalist’s oxygen level was fluctuating since Thursday night

Our Bureau, Agencies Rishikesh Published 21.05.21, 02:43 PM
Sunderlal Bahuguna.

Sunderlal Bahuguna. Getty Images

Environmentalist and Chipko movement pioneer Sunderlal Bahuguna died at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences here on Friday after battling Covid-19 for several days. He was 94.

He breathed his last at 12.05 pm, AIIMS Director Ravikant said. Bahuguna, one of India's best known environmentalists, was admitted to the hospital on May 8 after testing positive for Covid.


Bahuguna had been critical since last night with his oxygen level dropping drastically. He was on CPAP therapy in the ICU of the premier hospital.

Expressing grief on the death of Bahuguna, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that it is a "monumental loss" for our nation, and he manifested our centuries-old ethos of living in harmony with nature.

Paying tributes, Modi tweeted, "Passing away of Shri Sunderlal Bahuguna Ji is a monumental loss for our nation. He manifested our centuries-old ethos of living in harmony with nature. His simplicity and spirit of compassion will never be forgotten. My thoughts are with his family and many admirers. Om Shanti."

Condoling the environmentalist’s death, Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat described it as a big loss not just for Uttarakhand and India but for the entire world. "It was he who made the Chipko movement a movement of the masses," Rawat said.

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