Ani Madhav Dave, the Minister of state for Environment and forest passed away today morning following a massive heart attack. He was only 60.

He was taken to AIIMS after he complained of uneasiness, shortness of breath and chest pain, the doctors tried to resuscitate him for more than an hour before declaring him dead around 9:45am.

Anil Dave was the member of Rajya Sabha since 2009 and he was made the ministry of Environment and forest under the independent charge in 2016, last year. But according to sources he was unwell from past 5-6 months and was unable to attend office regularly.

After Anil Dave apssed away today, his will made in 2012 was put in public in which he has mentioned his last wish.

  1. If possible he wants his last rites to be conducted in he banks of river Narmada in

    Bhadrabhan near the nadi mahotsav place.

  2. He wants his last rites to be a very low key affair with only vedic karma to be performed.
  3. He doesn’t want any memorials, statues, competitions, awards in his name after his death and said “If anybody wants to do anything in my name, he should plant trees and conserve them. This will please me.”

Anil Dave's last wishes

It is very heart touching to see that Anil Dave’s simplicity and he has truly proved that he was a man who dedicated his life for the Nation. Born in a humble family background, Dave joined the RSS at a very young age.

His association with BJP has been since many years and had worked as adviser to then Madhya Pradesh chief minister Uma Bharti in 2004. He always involved himself in environment conservation activities and played a key role in organising seminars on Hinduism and rivers at an event during 2015 Ujjain Kumbh. Experts from across the world attended the three-day conference inaugurated by the PM. He was the founder of Narmada Samagra, a non-profit organisation which works on conservation of Narmada and many rivers in catchment areas. He had also promoted chemical free farming to save rivers from pollution. A few months later, he was nominated as environment minister, replacing Prakash Javadekar.

It is said that PM Modi was very impressed with his commitment towards environment and forest and put forth many policies to protect forest areas in the country. He was the first man who had out rightly rejected to speak with so called activists and had said  “he will not talk with those who give speeches sitting in air-conditioned offices”.

He was working immensely on river linking project of Ken-Betwa in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. PM Modi termed his demise as a personal loss.


Aishwarya S

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