Environmentalist Sunderlal Bahuguna dies of Covid-19

Environmentalist and Chipko movement pioneer, Sunderlal Bahuguna died due to Covid complications after battling for several days at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Rishikesh.

He was admitted to the hospital on May 8 after testing positive for Covid. His condition turned serious last night, with his oxygen level dipping severely. He breathed his last at 12.05 pm.  He was 94.

Environmentalist Bahuguna, spent his life influencing and educating the villagers to protest against the destruction of the forests and Himalayan Mountains. It was his effort that saw then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi banning the cutting of tress.

Bahuguna is best remembered for the slogan “ecology is the permanent economy”.