1. Anil Madhav Dave, a politician admired by all and more: Know about the minister who passed away

Anil Madhav Dave, a politician admired by all and more: Know about the minister who passed away

Union Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave passed away today in New Delhi after suffering a heart attack. He was 60.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: May 18, 2017 2:23 PM
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Union Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave passed away today in New Delhi after suffering a heart attack. He was 60. A member of Rajya Sabha since 2009, Dave’s sudden death has shocked many, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Condoling the death of Dave, PM Modi tweeted, “Absolutely shocked by the sudden demise of my friend & a very respected colleague, Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave ji. My condolences.” In another tweet Modi said, “I was with Anil Madhav Dave ji till late last evening, discussing key policy issues. This demise is a personal loss.”

The profile of Dave on the website of Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change says he was a “river conservationist, environmentalist, social worker, writer, organiser, politician, member of Parliament, RSS Swayamsewak, BJP Karyakarta and an amateur pilot.”

Dave’s recent twitter feed is filled with images, videos and reports of PM Modi’s ‘Narmada Seva Yatra’ in Madhya Pradesh on May 15. In Modi government, Anil Madhav Dave was holding the post of Minister of State (Independent Charge), Environment, Forest and Climate Change.

Born to Pushpa and Madhav Dave at Barnagar under district Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh, Dave had earned his Post Graduate Degree in Commerce with specialisation in Rural Development and Management from Gujarati College, Indore. Dave started his political journey from this college during the JP Movement in the 1970s and was elected as college President.

The late minister also took early flying lessons and found a lifetime passion as an NCC Air Wing Cadet. Dave inherited the legacy of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) from his grandfather Dadasaheb Dave and volunteered to be a ‘Pracharak’ after completing higher studies.

As a trained pilot, Dave flew a Cessna 173 over Narmada from its source to mouth for 18 hours to complete his circumambulation in air, the first person to do so. Not only this, Dave is known for travelling across Narmada on a raft for 19 days.

Over the years, Dave rose through the Sangh echelons and was deputed to the BJP before the Madhya Pradesh Assembly Elections in 2003. As a political strategist, Dave won the polls for BJP in the state not only in 2003 but went on to repeat the success in 2008 as well as in 2013.

Dave was the key strategist and chief of election management committee for the three State Assembly Elections (2003, 2008 & 2013) and General Elections (Lok Sabha – 2004, 2009 and 2014) in Madhya Pradesh.

Dave was also popular as an activist. His official profile says, “He (Dave) walked the length and breadth of Madhya Pradesh in the memory of the revolutionary freedom fighter Chandra Shekhar Azad. However, he has found his calling in the service of the holy river Narmada.” To save the river, Dave founded an organisation ‘Narmada Samagra’ which works on the conservation of the river and its catchment area.

Dave led the biennial event ‘River Festival’ and found a niche as a voice for water bodies in general and river in particular. Dave was elected to Rajya Sabha in 2009. He was part of several Parliamentary committees including as the chairman of the Select Committee on The Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill 2013; chairman of Select Committee on The Real Estate (Regulations & Development) Bill 2015 etc.

Dave’s speeches often won praise from the Opposition in Parliament. He had founded ‘Jan Abhiyan Parishad’, which works as an umbrella organisation to interlink and empower SHGs and NGOs. Started in 2004, now it has over 25,000 organisations under its umbrella.

Dave also authored several books in Hindi and English. In Hindi, some of his books are ‘Shivaji & Suraj’, ‘Narmada Samagra – Rafting Through Civilisation: A Travel Louge’, ‘Roti aur Kamal ki Kahani’. His English works included ‘Beyond Copenhagen’ and ‘Yes I Can, So Can We’.

Dave had started a program for development of Bio-Toilets in schools in district Hoshangabad of Madhya Pradesh. As an MP, Dave adopted ‘Jahanpur Panchayat’, which has four villages (including Jahanpur) near the bank of river Narmada.

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