Ganga activist GD Agarwal died yesterday after a 111 day fast
Activist GD Agarwal, who was on an indefinite fast since June 22 to urge the government to clean river Ganga, died at the AIIMS hospital in Rishikesh yesterday. He was 87. The noted environmentalist had a heart attack. His body is on "darshan" today from 10.30am to 4pm, at a field outside AIIMS Rishikesh for people to pay their last respects. After this, his body will be donated to AIIMS.
GD Agarwal, also known as Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand, was shifted by the police from Haridwar to AIIMS in Rishikesh yesterday after being on fast for 109 days. An AIIMS doctor said he suffered from hernia, high blood pressure and coronary artery disease and the fast worsened his condition.
Oct 12, 201810:53 (IST) GD Agarwal was once a professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He had also served as a Member-Secretary of the Central Pollution Control Board or CPCB. The activist had previously too held fasts for the protection of rivers. His fast in 2009 had led to the construction of a dam on river Bhagirathi being stopped.Oct 12, 201810:53 (IST) GD Agarwal had sent several letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had in 2014 pledged on the banks of the Ganga in Varanasi that immediate steps would be taken to ensure cleaning of the holy river. However, the government paid no heed to his demands, said 'IITians for Holy Ganga', a forum formed to preserve the heritage and ecology of the river.Oct 12, 201810:47 (IST)Srinivas BV, National Vice-President of the Indian Youth Congress, tweeted his condolences of GD Agarwal's death. Calling GD Agarwal the "true son of Maa Ganga" he said the environmentalist died "fighting to save her." He also tweeted pictures of the candlelight march organised to condole the environmentalist's death. Here are a few:Oct 12, 201810:38 (IST) DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal attacked PM Modi for not taking any steps to clean the Ganga after letters for GD Agarwal. "His repeated appeals to PM Modi fell on deaf ears. During his lifetime, PM refused to even acknowledge his letters but at his death, PM was quick to tweet his condolences. Shameful and revolting!" she tweeted.Oct 12, 201810:33 (IST) The Indian Youth Congress said it had also organised a candlelight march over his death.Oct 12, 201810:33 (IST)Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday condoled the death of G D Agarwal, saying he sacrificed his life for the Ganga river and vowing to take his fight forward."He sacrificed his life for saving the Ganga. Saving the river is equivalent to saving the nation. We will never forget him and we will take his fight forward," Mr Gandhi said in Facebook post.Oct 12, 201810:29 (IST)PM Modi has tweeted his condolences on the activist's death, says "his passion towards learning, education, saving the environment, particularly Ganga cleaning will always be remembered".
Saddened by the demise of Shri GD Agarwal Ji. His passion towards learning, education, saving the environment, particularly Ganga cleaning will always be remembered. My condolences.– Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 11, 2018
Saddened by the demise of Shri GD Agarwal Ji. His passion towards learning, education, saving the environment, particularly Ganga cleaning will always be remembered. My condolences.
– Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 11, 2018
Oct 12, 201810:28 (IST) A day before the activist died, Union Water Resources and Ganga River Rejuvenation Minister Nitin Gadkari had said almost all his demands had been met and he had written a letter to GD Agarwal to give up his fast.On Tuesday, the centre had come out with a gazette notification stating the minimum environmental flow that is to be maintained at various locations on the Ganga. Mr Gadkari had said the draft legislation on protecting the Ganga had also been sent to the Cabinet for approval.Oct 12, 201810:04 (IST) Reports suggest GD Agarwal was only consuming water mixed with honey during his fast. Three days ago, he had reportedly also given up water after talks on his demands failed.Oct 12, 201809:58 (IST) The Ganga activist sat on a fast demanding steps that would protect the river and maintain its uninterrupted flow between Gangotri and Uttarkashi in Uttarakhand.No more content Comments
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