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Why did 36-year-old Nigamanand have to die?

Rituparna Chatterjee, IBNLive
Updated Jun 14, 2011 at 04:19pm IST

New Delhi: In his lifetime, Nigamanand, an ascetic fighting a lonely battle against quarrying activities in Uttarakhand, tried to draw the attention of the national media to an environmental disaster waiting to happen in the state.

In his death, the 36-year-old Sadhu, who went into a coma and died on Wednesday following his four-month-long fast in the same hospital at Dehra Dun where Ramdev was admitted, has forced civil society, politicians and the national media to answer several uncomfortable questions.

Swamy Nigamanand is perhaps emblematic of the times we live in and the politicization of a society divided by individual intent and support bases. [more]