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Plant trees if you want to cherish my memories, Union Minister Anil Madhav Dave had said in his will while also emphasising that he did not want any statue, memorial or award instituted in his name. In his will, Dave also wished that he be cremated on the banks of Narmada, a river close to his heart. Dave (60), who held the Environment and Forests portfolio, was so passionate about nature and water bodies that he named his Bhopal residence - 'Nadi ka ghar' (The house of the river). Dave's love for environment and water bodies reflected in his will, BJP spokesman Rajnish Agrawal said. "If you want to cherish my memories, plant trees and save them.
This would give me pleasure," Dave stated in the will dated July 23, 2012, according to Agrawal. In his will, Dave wished that maximum efforts should be made for the conservation of water bodies but said that his name should not be projected or used during these endeavours. Dave's aversion to individual glorification also reflected in his wish that there should be no statue or memorial erected in his name. His will also said that no competition or award should be instituted in his name. "If possible, my cremation should be performed on the banks of river Narmada at Bandrabhan where Nadi Mahotsav was organised," he said in the will. Dave, a bachelor, used to organise the international river festival at Bandrabhan to create awareness among people about conserving rivers. He also expressed a wish that his last rites should be performed only through 'vaidik' rituals without any pomp. State BJP's media in-charge Lokendra Parashar said that as per Dave's wish, his last rites will be performed at Bandrabhan on the banks of Narmada river in Hoshangabad district at 10 am tomorrow. A two-time Rajya Sabha member from Madhya Pradesh, Dave had complained of uneasiness at his home in New Delhi this morning and was rushed to AIIMS where he breathed his last.
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