Sunderlal Bahuguna was introduced to Gandhi's home rule movement at the age of 13, now at the age of 74 he is revered as one of the founding fathers of Indian's environmental movement. He was a founder and evangelist of the Chipko movement popularly known as 'tree hugging' around the world. For the last ten years Bahuguna has been campaigning against the construction of a large dam that will flood his native Tehri-Garhwal.
Outside a deserted and crumbling monastery in Tehri lies the point at which the Bhagirathi and the Bilangana rivers meet to form the Bhagirathi Ganga. Proponents of large dams find the meeting of two rivers in such a steep valley ideal for their mega projects, except that Tehri is also the site of high earthquake risk. Bahuguna's morning meditation is usually in front of the Bhagirathi Ganga River. He says that he keeps an eye on the river as one would a sick relative. Meanwhile, dam construction subjects Tehri Town and the Bhagirathi Valley to an unrelenting dust storm.
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