Swami Agnivesh — Sanyasi who fought for social causes

Swami Agnivesh, a distinguished social activist and Arya Samaj chief who served as Cabinet minister in Haryana, handed away in a Delhi hospital on Friday after cardiac arrest.

He was 80. He was admitted to the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences in New Delhi with liver cirrhosis and was on ventilator since Tuesday attributable to a number of organ failure.

The hospital report confirmed 6:30 pm because the time of his loss of life. The hospital stated they tried to revive him for half an hour earlier than declaring Agnivesh useless.

“On Friday, his condition deteriorated and he went into cardiac arrest at 6 pm. Resuscitation was attempted, but the stalwart passed away at 6:30 pm,” the hospital authorities stated.

Born as Vepa Shyama Rao on September 21, 1939, at Srikakulam in Andhra Pradesh, Agnivesh was introduced up by his maternal grandfather, who was the diwan of the princely state Sakti in present-day Chhattisgarh.

He acquired levels in legislation and commerce, labored as lecturer

in St Xavier’s College in Kolkata and practised legislation for some time as junior to Sabyasachi Mukherji, who later rose to develop into the Chief Justice of India.

Agnivesh grew to become a member of the Legislative Assembly of Haryana in 1977 and served as Cabinet Minister for Education in 1979.

In 1981, whereas nonetheless a minister in Haryana, he based the Bonded Labour Liberation Front, which continued to lift points surrounding bonded labour in India, particularly in quarries in and round Delhi.

He was concerned in numerous areas of social activism, together with campaigns in opposition to feminine foeticide and for emancipation of ladies.

Agnivesh got here to Haryana in 1968 to hitch the Arya Samaj. On March 25, 1970, Agnivesh took sanyas vows and since then, he had been donning saffron robes of a sanyasi.

He was expelled from the organisation in August 2008 after 17 of the 19 Arya Samaj Pratinidhi Sabhas in India expressed opposition to him.

Swami Agnivesh took half within the 2011 anti-corruption protests in Delhi underneath Anna Hazare for the Jan Lokpal Bill. He later broke away after variations with some leaders related to the protests. The identical yr, he spent three days in Bigg Boss home from November eight to 11.

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