1. Environment minister Anil Dave dies at 60

Environment minister Anil Dave dies at 60

Anil Madhav Dave, whose selection as environment minister last July surprised many, died on Thursday morning. Dave, 60, had contracted pneumonia in January this year and had been unwell for the last few months.

By: | New Delhi | Published: May 19, 2017 7:00 AM
The exact cause of his death was not immediately known. (PTI)

Anil Madhav Dave, whose selection as environment minister last July surprised many, died on Thursday morning. Dave, 60, had contracted pneumonia in January this year and had been unwell for the last few months. Dave was taken to AIIMS on Wednesday night after he complained of unease. The exact cause of his death was not immediately known. Earlier on Wednesday, he spent a long time in office and held detailed discussions with a group of activists who were protesting against the clearance granted to a genetically modified mustard variety. In the evening, he had a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “I was with Anil Madhav Daveji till late last evening discussing key policy issues. This demise is a personal loss,” tweeted Modi.

Although he was a Gujarati, Dave, a bachelor, lived almost his entire life in Madhya Pradesh. He was a vegetarian and an avid yoga practioner. A Rajya Sabha MP since 2009, Dave was associated with a campaign for conservation of the Narmada river. Before being appointed as environment minister, Dave never held any official position besides being an MP. Though he was a student leader and was associated with various social causes, he entered active politics only in the early years of the previous decade. He was considered close to Uma Bharti, former Madhya Pradesh chief minister and now Union water resources minister.

Dave used to espouse the causes of vegetarianism, organic and natural farming, healthy rivers and opposed big dams. Despite his genial personality and soft-spoken manners, he held very strong views. One of his eight books is titled ‘Sambhal Ke Rahna Ghar Me Chhupe Hue Gaddaro Se (Beware of the traitors hiding within)’. Before becoming a minister, he was a frequent speaker at school and college functions in which he used to talk about his idea of India. An admirer of Swami Vivekanand, Shivaji and Chandrashekhar Azad, he used to invoke them repeatedly in his speeches and writings.

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    Shekar
    May 19, 2017 at 12:07 pm
    Each minister in the present dispensation is a valuable, performing national et.Each one, it appears is over stressed due to a combination of factors. They should take care of their health in the overall interest of the nation. It is sad to hear that Mr. Anil Madhav Dave had to leave this world possibly due to pneumonia , at the most productive period of his public life. That brings us to think of each one in the country getting administered Pneumococcal Vaccine. However, the current cost of the vaccine is prohibitive,( appx) Rs. 1600/dose for 10-valent vaccine and Rs. 3200/dose for the 13-valent vaccine. The Union Health Ministry should address this issue and make the vaccine affordable to all. In hindsight, it appears that in a highly probable situation this vaccine if administered as a preventive measure well in time, TN would have saved Ms.Jayalalithaa. In this context, one Cabinet Minister hand two heavy portfolios of Defence and Finance needs serious attention.
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      Shekar
      May 19, 2017 at 11:56 am
      Each minister in the present dispensation is a valuable, performing national et.Each one, it appears is over stressed due to a combination of factors. They should take care of their health in the overall interest of the nation. It is sad to hear that Mr. Anil Madhav Dave had to leave this world possibly due to pneumonia , at the most productive period of his public life. That brings us to think of each one in the country getting administered Pneumococcal Vaccine. However, the current cost of the vaccine is prohibitive,( appx) Rs. 1600/dose for 10-valent vaccine and Rs. 3200/dose for the 13-valent vaccine. The Union Health Ministry should address this issue and make the vaccine affordable to all. In hindsight, it appears that in a highly probable situation this vaccine if administered as a preventive measure well in time, TN would not have saved Ms.Jayalalithaa.
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        Shekar
        May 19, 2017 at 12:08 pm
        Correction : The last sentence should read as : In hindsight, it appears that in a highly probable situation this vaccine if administered as a preventive measure well in time, TN would have saved Ms.Jayalalithaa.
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      2. Sunil Sharma
        May 19, 2017 at 9:15 am
        Its seem strange that although he did not want a memorial built for him. ( Indirectly indicate he wanted one. As if he deserved a memorial .That part should be left to community to decide. He is not the only person who would wish a tree be planted but who cares. Next the story he was very "Honest" as if every other citizen is not honest. Large number of Indian are honest but the bjp to propagate a new message as HONESTY IS THE HALL MARK OF RSS/BJP/VHP member IS ABSOLUTELY FALSE. Murder should be the hall mark of some of the leaders. Jai Hind
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