Union Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave no more

Anil Madhav Dave

Anil Madhav Dave

The country woke up to the news of Environment minister Anil Madhav Dave's untimely demise this Thursday morning.

An RSS worker from Badnagar in Madhya Pradesh, Dave did his post-graduation in commerce from Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore.

Dave, 60, prior to being sworn in as minister for environment and forests in July past year was the original Narmada warrior, raising environmental issues with the river, advocating large scale afforestation in the catchment area of the river and even taking up the issue of immersion of idols during the festival season.

Prime Minister also added that he was with Anil Madhav Dave till late previous evening and were discussing important policy subjects.

"Extremely shocked and saddened to know about the very simple, humble, environmentalist #AnilMadhavDave ji's sudden demise", Fadnavis said in a tweet. "My condolences", he said in the tweet. He took charges as the minister of state for environment with independent charge on July 6, 2016.

Dave joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh - the ideological mentor of the Bharatiya Janata Party - as a child and later volunteered to be its "pracharak" (full-timer) after completing his studies.

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Dave, who was unmarried, had been a member of parliament's upper house since 2009.

India's environment minister Anil Madhav Dave, an expert in river conservation and an environmentalist at heart, died on Thursday morning in the national capital after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Mourning Dave's death, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan described him as a close friend and an elder brother whose loss will be irreparable.

He became a Union Minister when the Paris Climate Change accord had been reached and the environmental discourse had shifted more towards local concerns. The minister met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday evening.

An avowed RSS worker since his younger years and once Vice President of the BJP in Madhya Pradesh, Dave is said to have scripted the defeat of Congress stalwart and reigning Chief Minister Digvijay Singh from Madhya Pradesh. His portfolio has been given to Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan as additional charge.

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