DAINIK NATION BUREAU
Seventeenth Republic Day celebration become memorable for noted environmentalist and Padamshree awardee Sunderla Bahuguna, who managed to grab the attention of dignitaries including Governor Baby Rani Maurya on Saturday. Three things happens at one place i.e. it was first Repubic Day for Maurya as governor of uttarakhand; Governor went upto the Bahuguna’s place and third folk dances oranised by the Rajbhwan as part of Republic day celebration at Rajbhwan.
As we know that Rajbhawan organises high tea as part of Republic day celebration and Bahuguna is one of the eminent guest of Rajbhawan’s guest list. Like other eminent guests like chief minister, cabinet minister and ruling party head he always attend the celebration but this time he could not move upto the area where VVIP sits and relishes brunch while watching cultural programme.
As we have noticed that Baby Rani Maurya, who hoisted national tricolour first time as a Governor of Uttarakhand, paid optimum attention on everything like guest, food and cultural programme too. For cultural programme Rajbhawan organised Kumaoni and Jaunsari dances while earlier they used to organise Army band only.
In food, Rajbhwan served five kind of dishes including three kind of Pakoda and two kind of sweet dishes. One out of two sweet dishes served in pitcher pot and made up of locally available fruits like strawberry.
While guests were busy in relishing specially prepared food items amid the tune of folk music and dance then entire dignitaries started walking towards an old couple Sunder lal Bahuguna and his wife, who were also munching food along with tea. Initially guest thought that Governor is leaving the venue but later realised that where governor Baby Rani Maurya along with Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat were heading and then they appreciated her gesture.
Seeing entire dignitaries surrounded by them, they could not hide their smile and his wife Vimla explained to the governor that why her husband could not walk upto the dignitaries enclosure. Even media person and other guests also rushed to place where governor was interacting with Bahuguna. Being a patron of environment he grabbed the attention of governor about the need for afforestation and plantation to protect the himalaya. They were worried about the pine trees (Cheed) which were ruining the ecology and specially requested the governor and chief minister to ensure that Cheedr trees were not planted in the mountain region. Bahuguna has been, for long, reiterating the need for adopting tree farming in the Himalayas to secure the ecological future of the Himalayan region as well as the entire country. “Fruit trees, floral trees and nut trees should be planted across the Himalayas to protect this natural water reservoir of the country,” he says.
He suggested that trees like mulberry, walnut and chestnut protect soil from erosion and recharge the ground water as well. Pine tress are no good for this. He opines, “We have to look after the well-being of the Himalayas not only for Uttarakhand but for the entire country.” His famous 5 F formula for the Himalayas is -Grow Trees for Food, Fodder, Fertiliser, Fibre and Fuel. Even now, he conveys these views at all possible platforms and occasions.