Chipko Movement Marks 45th Anniversary, Google Celebrates With Special Doodle

The Logical Indian Crew

March 26th, 2018 / 5:59 PM

Chipko Movement

Courtesy: The Indian Express, NDTV, Wikipedia I Image Credit: Google, India Today

45 years ago, on this day, India witnessed a non-violent agitation. The protest named ‘Chipko movement’ mobilised women to protect and conserve trees. It is regarded as the ‘eco-feminist movements in India’ since it witnessed mass participation by female villagers. The goal of the Chipko movement was to prevent deforestation.

Google is celebrating the 45th anniversary of Chipko movement with a special doodle.


What Is ‘Chipko’? How did it start?

The word Chipko means to ‘embrace’. The movement got its name because people embraced the trees from being cut. The agitation was against destroying ecological balance.

The first Chipko movement dates back to 18th century Rajasthan. A group of people belonging to Bishnoi community had resisted felling of trees by hugging them. The villagers, led by a woman named Amrita Devi, challenged the orders of the Jodhpur King. Following the agitation, the King had banned cutting of trees in Bishnoi villages.



The modern Chipko movement in India started in 1973 in Mandal, a Village in Uttar Pradesh. Later, it has spread to other districts. Common people who were affected by deforestation joined the protest. People agitated against government’s decision to sell forest land to a sports goods company. Villagers embraced the trees, forming circles around them to prevent them from being cut.

The movement was spearheaded by Chand Chandi Prasad Bhatt and his NGO Dasholi Gram Swarajya Sangh. Environmental activist Sunderlal Bahuguna joined the movement and gave it a direction. He appealed Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of the nation, to ban cutting of trees. The government ruled in favour of the agitators and banned cutting trees.


Contributors

Written by :

Edited by : Pooja Chaudhuri

Share your thoughts..

Related Stories

Jhinkargadi Forest

Odisha: After Chipko-Like Protest, State Govt Stops Brewery Project In Jhinkargadi Forest

Shourya

My Story: “My Kid Is Special, It Doesn’t Mean Abnormal But That He Needs Special ‘VIP’ Treatment”

While Caring For Their Own Special Kids, This Couple Helps Other Parents With Special Children

Ismat Chughtai: Google Dedicated ‘Doodle’ To Prominent Urdu Writer Who Faced Trial With Manto

Chipko Movement

Chipko Movement Marks 45th Anniversary, Google Celebrates With Special Doodle

Google Doodle Celebrates 153rd Birthday Of Rukhmabai, One Of India’s First Practising Doctor

Latest on The Logical Indian

My Story

My Story: “I Invited Our Ola Outstation Driver To Stay With Us In The Hotel, Rather Than His Car”

News

Karnataka: Almost 90 Kids Fall Sick As Dead Lizard Surfaces In Mid-Day Meal

News

Identity Of Sexual Assault Victims, Even If Dead, Can’t Be Revealed, Says SC

Awareness

Businesses In China Are Using Cockroaches To Crunch Kitchen Waste; Know About it

Awareness

The BJP ‘Star Campaigner’ Yogi Failed Juggernaut Modi-Shah Team

Fact Check

Fact Check: PMO Indeed Sent Rs 1,064 Back To Onion Farmer, But Didn’t Ask To Transfer Again Online

x

Stories that deserve attention, delivered to your inbox!

Handpicked, newsworthy stories which deserve the attention of a rational generation.