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Google remembers Chipko Movement on its 45th anniversary with a doodle

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Internet search engine giant Google has put up a sketch doodle on its home page today to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Chipoko Movement that began in 1973 in Uttar Pradesh's Mandal village in Alakananda valley.

Chipko Movement is known as a non-violent movement which was organized more than 4 decades ago for the conservation of forest and all natural vegetation.

Chipko Movement consisted of people embracing trees in order to prevent them from being cut to conserve forests and protecting the local ecological balance. The aim of the Chipko Movement was to draw the attention and to prevent deforestation.

The original Chipko Movement took place in the 18th century in Rajasthan.

The movement is also credited for serving as an inspiration in bringing together the existing civil society to address the issues of tribals and marginalised people.

Taken aback by the "green" fervour of the villagers, finally Maharaja Abhai Singh of Marwar issued a royal decree banning all tree-felling in the Bishnoi areas of his desert kingdom. It was originated in Uttar Pradesh's Chamoli district (now Uttarakhand) in 1973 and in no time spilled onto other states in north India. Nearly right away it extended and spread to other Himalayan districts of the state. The villagers, who were denied access to a piece of land due to government policy, were enraged after learning that it was given to a sporting goods manufacturer.

The next day, the news spread like wildfire and people from many surrounding villages also joined in "hugging" to save their beloved trees. It was spearheaded by environmentalist and Gandhian social activist Chand Chandi Prasad Bhatt and his NGO Dasholi Gram Swarajya Sangh.

One of the warriors of this movement included Sunderlal Bahuguna. It was his endeavor that saw then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi banning the cutting of trees. Today on the 45th anniversary, the Google doodle pays honour to the group of women protesting against the deforestation.

Svabhu Kohli and Viplov Singh are the illustrators of the colourful doodle.

Google doodle seems to have become some sort of unofficial award ceremony, handing out recognition to culturally significant moments and icons that the world ought not to skip over in their day-to-day life.