Patna. 27 Dec: Veteran environmentalist and trailblazer of the famous Chipko movement, Sri Sunderlal Bahuguna visited Patna along with his wife today. He is in the town at the invitation of the revivalist movement Spicmacay (Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Amongst Youth) at the Delhi Public School(DPS).
Sri Sunder lal Bahuguna started the environmental movement in seventies when he got the support of the women of Garhwal to protest the felling of forests. The women moved in large numbers and hugged the trees (“chipko”) and stopped the clear-felling quite successfully for the first time in independent India.
Spic Macay spear headed by Roshan Seth got some very rare artists like Birju Maharaj, Parveen Sultana, Margi Madhu etc to mentor students in the city. Students from many schools congregated the DPS premises for a five day period of close interactions and sharing.
Ever ingenious Principal of Patna DPS Mr. Vinod made sure that the students had an intimate time with these celebrated personalities.
It was very fortunate for us to get a chance to spend quality time with the legendary Sri Bahuguna. Many who remembered him from earlier times did mention that the man into his nineties still has not lost any of his gloss or lustre.
Sri Bahuguna interacted with the students in his simple manner, every now and then pausing to listen to their queries. His delightful wife sat next to him and prompted him whenever he missed any important nuances.
It may be mentioned that he became a very special role model for environmentalists when he stopped eating rice 20 years back saying that the country could not afford to cultivate the water-intensive rice varieties. Always a prophet, Sunderlalji continues to inspire the younger generation.
A dedicated group (inter school) spent an extensive time with the veteran activist. DPS arranged the same group to spend next two days at the Tarumitra bio-reserve for in depth study and follow up programmes. Margaret Molomoo, specialized in Japan on Organic farming guided them i n their exposure. Molomoo said, “The group certainly has absorbed the vision of Sri Bahugunaji so well!”