Anil Madhav Dave did Narmada parikrama with Cessna

Environment minister “was tremendously passionate towards conserving the environment”, says PM Modi

GN Bureau | May 18, 2017


#Narendra Modi   #Narmada   #environment   #Anil Madhav Dave   #river conservation  
Environment minister Anil Madhav Dave passes away at 60 (Photo: PIB)
Environment minister Anil Madhav Dave passes away at 60 (Photo: PIB)

Anil Madhav Dave, the environment minister who passed away on Thursday, was a maverick in politics: he was an amateur pilot and once he did the parikrama, or circumambulation, of the Narmada river flying his Cessna 173 for 18 hours.

Dave was not keeping well for some time, and breathed his last at the AIIMS in Delhi on Thursday morning. He was 60.
 
Paying tributes to him, prime minister Narendra Modi said, “Absolutely shocked by the sudden demise of my friend and a very respected colleague, Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave ji. My condolences.” Modi noted that Dave “will be remembered as a devoted public servant. He was tremendously passionate towards conserving the environment.” 
 
Modi said he was with Dave till late Wednesday evening, discussing key policy issues. “This demise is a personal loss”, the PM said.
 
Before taking charge of the environment ministry in the last cabinet reshuffle in July 2016, Dave was known for his work for the Narmada river conservation through Narmada Samagra, an organisation he founded. Apart from flying the aircraft along the banks of the Narmada to complete a circumambulation in air; he also completed a 1,312-kilometre journey by raft on the river in 19 days. His organisation holds a biennial ‘River Festival’, and covers the climate change and environmental issues.
 
Dave also authored numerous books on politics, administration, art and culture, travel, history, and environment, including ‘Srijan Se Visarjan Tak’, ‘Mahanayak Chandrashekhar Azad’, ‘Narmada Samagra’, ‘Samagra Gram Vikas’ (in Hindi) and ‘Creation to Cremation’, ‘Beyond Copenhagen’, and ‘Yes I can, so we can’, according to his member profile on the Rajya Sabha website.
 

Comments

 

Other News

Thackeray orders probe in Nashik Hospital gas leak tragedy

The Maharashtra government has ordered a probe into the tragic incident of oxygen leak at the Zakir Hussain Hospital in Nashik district, in which 24 Covid-19 patients on critical life support have died. Chief Minister, Uddhav Thackeray expressed grief over the tragic incident and announced

"Maharashtra opposition interested in politics, not public welfare”

Refuting any political instability in the state, Jayant Patil, Maharashtra cabinet minister and state president of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), has said the government is very stable and there are no differences among allies. The senior leader accused the opposition of ‘playing po

In Mumbai, decline seems to have begun

Amid a virulent second wave, as Mumbai scrambles for hospital beds, the civic authorities have said there was no need for panic since 3,685 beds were still available in the city for Covid-19 patients as of Tuesday evening. Also, after a surge there has been a decline with new cases coming down to 7,000-8,0

UP govt hospital goofs up Covid test results

At a time when the country is fighting the virulent second wave of Covid-19 with daily cases upwards of 2,50,000, testing is of critical importance, but government-run labs are not only delaying reports, in one case there was a goof-up and a negative report turned to positive within a day. A

Politicians trade charges as Covid breaks previous records in Maharashtra

A political war erupted between the centre and Maharashtra over supply of essentials including medicines and oxygen as the state struggles to control the raging Covid-19 amidst scarce health infrastructure. Maharashtra has seen a consistent rise in Covid infections and recorded 67,123 new c

Remdesivir procured at high prices to save lives: BMC

Countering the opposition BJP’s allegations of corruption in the procurement of Remdesivir, a critical anti-viral injection often prescribed for Covid-19 patients, the BrihanMumbai municipal corporation (BMC) has clarified that its decision to procure the drug was aimed at saving  lives even if

Masterminds Masterclass with Nikhil Mahadeshwar, Cybersecurity Expert & Co-founder, Skynet Softtech



Archives

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter