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Who Was Sunderlal Bahuguna?

Sunderlal Bahuguna:

Well-known environmentalist and Gandhian Sunderlal Bahuguna passed away at the age of 94 due to COVID-related complications.

  • Sunderlal Bahuguna (1927 – 2021) was an Indian noted Garhwali environmentalist. He was one of the early environmentalists of India.
  • He was one of the founders of the Chipko, or hug the tree movement, in the 1970s to save Himalayan forests from cutting down by forest contractors.
  • He later spearheaded the Anti-Tehri Dam movement from starting 1980s, to early 2004.
  • He also fought against untouchability and later started organizing hill women in his anti-liquor drive from 1965 to 1970.
  • He adopted Gandhian principles in his life.
  • In 2009, he was awarded Padma Vibhushan Award by the government of India for environment conservation.