The social activist was admitted to Delhi's ILBS hospital on Tuesday and had been on the ventilator support due to multiple organ failure.
Yes, he was a Sannyasi, not for flaunting saffron robes like the RSS-Sangh fraternity, but totally against their narrow nationalist Hindutva agenda, and fighting against it all the time. Prasanth Bhushan described Agnivesh’s death as “a huge tragedy” and added that the ascetic as “a true warrior for humanity and tolerance. Among the bravest that I knew… willing to take huge risks for public good.”
Agnivesh was born Vepa Shyam Rao on September 21, 1939 in a Brahmin family at Srikakulam in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. He lost his father at the age of four. He was just 80 only, this writer is past 86. I would have wished he outlived me because he was doing far greater good especially for the bonded labourers.
In step with Luminaries!
He was best known for his Bonded Labour Liberation Front, he founded in 1981 and became president (2004–2014). He strode in the foot steps great India luminaries like Vivekananda, Narayana Guru and Tagore. May the heavens shower such leaders to guide the nation from going to pieces to unity, fraternity and peace. James kottoor, editor ccv.
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New Delhi: Well-known Arya Samaj leader, Swami Agnivesh on Friday breathed his last at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences in New Delhi. He was suffering from liver cirrhosis and was critically ill.
The social activist had been on the ventilatory support since Tuesday after suffering multiple organ failure.
"On September 11, his condition deteriorated and he went into cardiac arrest at 6 pm. Resuscitation was attempted but the stalwart passed away at 6:30 pm. ILBS joins the country in mourning the loss of this beloved leader," the hospital said in a statement.
The 80-year-old activist was a former MLA from Haryana and he had also founded a political party, Arya Sabha, that was based on the principles of the Arya Samaj in 1970. Swami Agnivesh was also an advocate for dialogue between religions.
He was involved with several social movements including Anna Hazare's India Against Corruption's campaign in 2011 to implement the Jan Lokpal Bill. The Arya Samaj leader had extensively worked in various areas of social activism including campaigns against female foeticide and the emancipation of women.
Condoling his demise, lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan alleged that his liver got damaged after he was attacked by 'a BJP/RSS lynch mob two years ago in Jharkhand.'
"The demise of Swami Agnivesh is a huge tragedy. A true warrior for humanity&tolerance. Among the bravest that I knew, willing to take huge risks for public good.Was brutalised in Jharkhand by a BJP/RSS lynch mob 2 yrs ago. Liver got damaged. RIP Agnivesh ji (sic)," Bhushan said on Twitter.
Veteran actress Shaban Azmi expressed grief over the death of Swami Agnivesh. "Very saddened by the passing away of Swami Agnivesh due to multi-organ failure. Influenced by Liberation Theology he worked to rescue and rehabilitate bonded labourers and was a force to reckon with in the eighties. RIP (sic)," she tweeted.