March 26 2018: For the secondday running Googlehas put up an India themed doodle on its search page today. It was actor Farooque Shaikh yesterday. Today it marks the 45th anniversary of the modern Chipko Movement.
The Chipko movement or Chipko Andolan refers to a forest conservation movement dating back to 1730 AD when in khejarli village of Rajasthan, 363 people sacrificed their lives to save khejri trees.
In modern India it began in 1973 and went on to become a rallying point for many future environmental movements all over the world it created a precedent for starting of nonviolent protest in India, and its success meant that the world immediately took notice of this non violent movement, which was to inspire in time many such eco-groups by helping to slow down the rapid deforestation, expose vested interests, increase ecological awareness, and demonstrate the viability of people power. Above all, it stirred up the existing civil society in India, which began to address the issues of tribal and marginalized people.Both male and female activists played vital roles, including Gaura Devi, Sudesha Devi, Bachni Devi and Chandi Prasad Bhatt.
In 1987, the Chipko movement was awarded the Right Livelihood Award. ( source: Wikipedia)