‘Despite his saffron costume, Swami Agnivesh was secular to the core. He was a champion of bonded laborers within the nation,’ stated CPI chief D Raja, condoling the dying of the Arya Samaj chief
Several leaders, together with vice-president M Venkaiah Naidu, in addition to rights activists and most people condoled the dying of Swami Agnivesh, and remembered him as a “truly secular” particular person, who fought for bonded labourers and ladies rights.
A social and political activist Agnivesh, who was affected by liver cirrhosis for a very long time, died of multi-organ failure at a Delhi hospital on Friday. He was 80.
“I am saddened to hear of the demise of Swami Agnivesh ji, a famous social worker and leader of Arya Samaj. He waged a lifelong struggle against bonded labour. My humble tribute!” Vice-President M Venakiah Naidu tweeted on Friday.
प्रसिद्ध सामाजिक कार्यकर्ता और आर्य समाज के नेता स्वामी अग्निवेश जी के निधन का समाचार पा कर दुखी हूं।
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“He was a great friend of the entire Left movement. He used to call me comrade and I also addressed him as comrade Swami. He never hesitated in identifying himself with progressive forces fighting for the poor,” CPI chief D Raja stated.
“Despite his saffron dress, he was secular to the core. He was a champion of bonded laborers in the country,” he added.
Top leaders of the DMK and the PMK, MK Stalin and S Ramadoss, condoled the dying of Agnivesh.
“Despite being attacked by communal forces many times, he remained steadfast on his policies,” Stalin stated in an announcement.
PMK founder S Ramadoss mourned the dying of his “friend”, Swami Agnivesh and stated he was supportive of the occasion’s stand towards alcohol and smoking.
Political activist Yogendra Yadav stated Swami Agnivesh was a consultant of the Hindu precept of tolerance and respect for each faith — sarva dharma sambhava.
“He revered each faith the way in which he honored his personal. He made us perceive the actual that means of ‘dharma‘ which isn’t being in a temple or an ashram, however being among the many poor and serving them,” he stated.
Lawyer Mehmood Pracha stated Swami Agnivesh fought for bonded labourers, girls and little one rights and the combat will proceed even after his demise.
Recently, he was attacked on many events by individuals belonging to sure teams who had been towards his ideology, he stated.
Agnivesh was allegedly attacked twice by BJP employees over his stance on numerous points. On 17 July 2018, the activist was on his strategy to Litipara space in Pakur district of Jharkhand to take part in an occasion organised by the Pahariya tribal group when he was attacked allegedly by some BJP youth wing supporters.
A month later, he was heckled and assaulted close to the BJP headquarters in Delhi allegedly by BJP employees, whereas he was on his strategy to pay homage to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Agnivesh had additionally supported the protests towards the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and opposed the proposal to implement National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR), and brought half in a number of rallies throughout India.
He was among the many 720 outstanding residents who had spoken towards the amendments to the citizenship legislation in 2019 earlier than it was handed within the Parliament, and the proposed NRC.
Those who got here to pay final respects wore masks and adopted COVID-19 protocols.
Agnivesh was critically in poor health and admitted to an ICU of the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, and was on ventilatory assist since Tuesday.
He was affected by liver cirrhosis. He died on account of multi-organ failure, medical doctors stated.
With inputs from PTI
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