Campaign to get Bharat Ratna for Sunderlal Bahuguna, know why this issue is important for AAP

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Dehradun / New Delhi Aam Aadmi Party has played a big bet before next year’s assembly elections in Uttarakhand. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has demanded Bharat Ratna for the late environmentalist who is called the evidence of Uttarakhand and the protector of the Himalayas. The Delhi Assembly on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution urging the Center to posthumously confer the country’s highest civilian award on Bahuguna. Actually, the name of Sunderlal Bahuguna is taken with great respect in Uttarakhand. He did many big movements including the Chipko movement and dedicated his whole life to the environment. In such a situation, Aam Aadmi Party is preparing to cross its electoral path with the help of the name of Sunder Lal Bahuguna. Taking part in the debate on the resolution on the first day of the monsoon session of the Delhi Assembly, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the House is passing the resolution, but the entire country wants Bahuguna to be given Bharat Ratna. “I think it will be a matter of pride for Bharat Ratna if Bahuguna gets the highest civilian award,” Kejriwal said. Kejriwal said that Bahuguna not only protected the environment but also worked for many other social causes. The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) also supported the resolution.

‘AAP’ stunned by the feedback it is getting in Uttarakhand
In fact, the Aam Aadmi Party is working hard for the assembly elections in Uttarakhand. Along with promising to provide 300 units of free electricity in the state, Arvind Kejriwal has announced to save water and youth in Uttarakhand. For this, AAP is running agitations at every big and small level in the state. Along with this, it is also running a signature campaign for the participation of the people. Seeing the participation of the people in this, the eyes of the Delhi government have blossomed.


Expectations from AAP against BJP
If political experts are to be believed, the Congress is insufficient to challenge the BJP in Uttarakhand. In such a situation, the Delhi government is giddy with the threat of the common man and the increasing interest in the party of the people. In such a situation, the Aam Aadmi Party is preparing to make Colonel Ajay Kothiyal the chief ministerial face of the party in Uttarakhand. At the same time, he does not want to leave any issue related to the mountain. In this sequence, on Thursday, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has demanded Bharat Ratna for environmentalist late Sundarlal Bahuguna. Let’s know some special things about them…

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Who was Sunder Lal Bahuguna Sunder Lal Bahuguna was a staunch follower of Mahatma Gandhi. Bahuguna fixed the only goal of his life and that was to protect the environment. He was born on January 9, 1927. Born in Tehri, Uttarakhand, Sunderlal entered politics at a time when it was the age of children to play. He started his political career at the age of 13. In fact, his friend Sridev Suman had inspired him to join politics. Suman was a staunch follower of Gandhiji’s principles of non-violence. Sunderlal learned from him how to solve problems through non-violence.

Also did a movement for the rights of Harijans It is said that when Sunderlal Bahuguna got married in 1956, he retired from political life. At the age of 18 he went to Lahore to study. He also agitated for the right of Harijans to enter temples. At the age of 23, he was married to Vimala Devi. After that he decided to stay in the village and opened an ashram in the hills. Later he opened a front against liquor in the area around Tehri. In the 1960s he focused his attention on forest and tree protection.


Chipko movement started against the felling of the hills
The movement for environmental protection started in 1970 spread all over India. The Chipko movement was a part of that. In the Garhwal Himalayas, peaceful agitations were on the rise regarding the cutting of trees. On March 26, 1974, rural women of Chamoli district stood clinging to a tree when the contractor’s men came to cut the tree. These protests immediately spread across the country. In the early 1980s, Sunderlal Bahuguna traveled 5,000 km in the Himalayas. He visited villages during the yatra and spread the message of environmental protection among the people. He met the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and urged Indira Gandhi to stop the cutting of trees for 15 years. After this, the cutting of trees was banned for 15 years.

There was also movement regarding Tehri Dam Sunderlal Bahuguna also played an important role in the movement against Tehri Dam. He went on hunger strike several times. During the reign of the then Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao, he went on a hunger strike for one and a half months. After years of peaceful protests, work on the dam was resumed in 2004. They say that this will only benefit the rich farmers and will be ruined in the Tehri forest. He said that even though the dam would withstand earthquakes, these hills would not be able to. He said that already there are cracks in the hills. If the dam breaks, then within 12 hours the area up to Bulandshahr will be submerged in it.

[Attribution to NBT]

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