Updated: March 1, 2014 04:16 IST

Gandhi Peace Prize for Chipko pioneer

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Chandi Prasad Bhatt
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Eminent Gandhian and environmentalist Chandi Prasad Bhatt has been selected for the 2013 Gandhi Peace Prize. The announcement was made by the government on Friday.

A pioneer of the Chipko Movement for which he was also awarded the Magsaysay Award in 1982, Mr. Bhatt was given the Padma Bhushan by UPA-I in 2005.

The decision was taken by the jury headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Other jury members were Chief Justice of India P. Sathasivam, the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, Rajya Sabha member Karan Singh and former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi.

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Congratulations Chandi Prasad Ji for getting such a prominent
recognition for your untiring efforts to save our trees over the years!
This is also a tribute to the gracious old lady who first started
hugging trees in the hills of UP to save them from loggers but whose
name we have forgotten.

from:  Sunita Nadkarni
Posted on: Mar 3, 2014 at 14:31 IST

Highly deserved for trying to protect the land of the Gods from political & corporate corrupt netas and the real estate mafiosa from the plains.

from:  Ram Ram
Posted on: Mar 1, 2014 at 03:16 IST
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