India’s environment minister dies at 60

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India's environment minister dies at 60

New Delhi (AFP) – India’s environment minister Anil Madhav Dave died Thursday at the age of 60 in New Delhi, shocking colleagues who remembered him as a nature lover committed to conservation.

Dave complained of discomfort in the morning and was rushed from his home to the state-run All India Institute of Medical Sciences where he passed away.

The Bharatiya Janata Party to which he belonged confirmed Dave’s passing in a brief statement.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his shock at his colleague’s sudden death, describing it as a “personal loss”.

“I was with Anil Madhav Dave ji till late last evening, discussing key policy issues,” Modi tweeted.

“Anil Madhav Dave ji will be remembered as a devoted public servant. He was tremendously passionate towards conserving the environment.” 

Other colleagues remembered Dave as a passionate conservationist who spearheaded a campaign to protect India’s Narmada river running through his home state of Madhya Pradesh.

Dave, who was unmarried, had been a member of parliament’s upper house since 2009.

His death comes amid concern that US President Donald Trump could water down or abandon a global pact on climate change to which India, a major polluter, is a key signatory.

India, the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, formally signed the Paris agreement last October.

India’s environment minister Anil Madhav Dave, pictured here on July 5, 2016, has died at the age of 60 in New Delhi, shocking colleagues who remembered him as a nature lover committed to conservation
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