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Google doodles to honour Chipko Movement

Google doodles to honour Chipko Movement

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 26 Mar 2018, 03:59 pm

New York, Mar 26 (IBNS): Popular search engine Google on Monday designed its homepage with a doodle that paid tribute to the 'Chipko Movement' of India.

India witnessed this iconic movement and even today it is considered as one of the most important step taken by people in the country to conserve environment.

It is still considered as one of the most influential non-political eco-conservation movements that occurred in the world.

Speaking on the doodle, the official website of the Google said: "The success of this nonviolent, grassroots resistance was felt around the globe, serving as the inspiration for future environmental movements."

"The Chipko Andolan also stands out as an eco-feminist movement. Women formed the nucleus of the movement, as the group most directly affected by the lack of firewood and drinking water caused by deforestation," it said.

The original Chipko movement dates back to the 18th century, when a group of 363 people from 84 different villages, led by Amrita Devi, laid down their lives to protect a group of khejri trees that were to be cut down at the order of the maharaja, or king, of Jodhpur.

After this event, the maharaja decreed that the trees were to be left standing.

The original movement was called "angalwaltha", the Garhwali word for "embrace," as the protesters protected the trees by surrounding them and linking hands, physically preventing the loggers from touching the plants.

The movement was later named for the Hindi word “chipko,” which means “to stick.”

"Today’s Doodle, illustrated by Svabhu Kohli and Viplov Singh, remembers the modern movement and those involved," read the Google doodle website.