Friday, 19 May 2017

Anil Madhav Dave

Anil Madhav Dave

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Anil Madhav Dave
Secretary Kerry Shakes Hands With Indian Environment Minister Dave During a Bilateral Meeting in Kigali, Rwanda (30230783221) (cropped).jpg
Minister of State (Independent Charge)
Environment, Forest and Climate Change
In office
5 July 2016 – 18 May 2017
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byPrakash Javadekar
Succeeded byDr. Harsh Vardhan[1]
Member of Parliament of Rajya Sabha
In office
August 2009 – 18 May 2017
ConstituencyMadhya Pradesh
Personal details
Born6 July 1956
BadnagarMadhya Pradesh, India
Died18 May 2017 (aged 60)
New Delhi, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Alma materGujarati College, Indore
Anil Madhav Dave (6 July 1956 – 18 May 2017) was a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) politician and the Minister of State forEnvironment, Forest and Climate Change (Independent Charge) in the Narendra Modi ministry from July 2016 till the time of his death.[2]

Early life

Dave was born on 6 July 1956 in the city of Badnagar, in the Ujjain district of Madhya Pradesh, to Pushpa Devi and Madhav Dave.[3]He earned his master's degree in commerce from Gujarati College, Indore, specializing in Rural Development and Management. He also began his political career during this time, taking part in the JP Movement, and was elected the college president. He was also a cadet of the National Cadet Corps' Air Wing.[4]
Dave joined Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and worked for conservation of the Narmada River.[5][6]

Political career

He was a Member of Parliament, representing Madhya Pradesh in the Rajya Sabha (the upper house of Indian Parliament) since 2009.[5][7]
He was a member of various committees including the Committee on Water Resources and the Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. He was also a member of the Parliamentary Forum on Global Warming and Climate Change from March 2010 to June 2010.[5]
He was appointed as the Minister of State (MoS) independent charge of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in the Modi Government's cabinet expansion on 5 July 2016.[5]
On 15 August 2016, in the strongest statement of India's move towards an Asbestos-free country, Dave categorically stated “Since the use of asbestos is affecting human health, its usage should gradually be minimised and ended. As far as I know, its use is declining, but it must end.”[8]


Dave complained of uneasiness on the morning of 18 May 2017 at his residence in Safdarjung RoadNew Delhi. He was brought to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences at 8:45 a.m. (IST) in a state of cardiac arrest. Efforts to revive him failed and was pronounced dead at 9:45 a.m. (IST).[9] He had been diagnosed with pneumonia early in 2017 and had not completely recovered.[10] He was unmarried.[3] In a will written in July 2012, he had expressed a wish that his funeral be performed in accordance to Vedic rituals and "if possible, cremation ... be performed on the banks of river Narmada at Bandrabhan where Nadi Mahotsav was organised". He had added, "If you want to cherish my memories, plant trees and save them. This would give me pleasure."[11] In accordance with his wishes, the funeral was carried out in Bandrabhan, on the banks of the River Narmada, in Madhya Pradesh's Hoshangabad district at 10 a.m. (IST) on 19 May with full state honours.[12][13]

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