Chipko movement - the path finder for environmental protection movement in IndiaWhen the Google flashed the animated doodle of the Chipko movement as a mark of its celebration of 45 years, my memory went back to the days of my college books and General awareness tests which primarily focused on the movement which took place in 1973 in the then united UP (now in Uttarakhand). The deforestation and issues of tribal and marginalized people influenced the Chipko aandolan . The people followed the principles of Satyagraha and non-violence where activists from the state under the leadership of Gaura Devi, Suraksha Devi,Sudesha Devi, Bachni Devi and Chandi Prasad Bhatt actively participated. It was a total reflection of their anguish for depriving them of their basic amnesties such as firewood, fodder,s water for drinking and irrigation. The slow and steady race of the movement had its impact on the Government of India and led to chalk out practical programmes of water management, energy conservation, afforestation, and recycling. The case studies on environmental degradation and methods of conservation in the Himalayas and throughout India have taken a prime role in research.
Thanks to the great patriots and the unsung heroes of the soil for their great work and moment of pride to remember such people who tried their best to save our environment.