Bipin Chandra Tripathi
Bipin Tripathi was a prominent socialist activist, Environmentalist and a journalist from Uttarakhand. When he was on a hunger strike with a demand for the establishment of Degree College at Dwarahat he had lost sizeable weight but was still determined to continue his hunger strike till death or till the accomplishment of his demand. At that time he was working as an Owner Editor of Dronanchal Prahari, a fortnightly paper which he used to publish from Dwarahat.
Bipin Tripathi was born on 23 February 1945 in village Dairi of Dwarahat Block, Almora district. His father was Mathura Datt Tripathi and mother’s name was Smt Kalawati Tripathi. He had his Primary and secondary education at Mukteshwar. He passed his Intermediate from Dwarahat and went to Haldwani for pursuing the course of Electrical Diploma. He graduated from Kumaon University and in 1967 he threw his lot to the cause of the Samajwadi Andolan. He was highly influenced by the thoughts of Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia. He fought for the landless villagers of Terai of Nainital district from 1965 to 1969. In 1968-69 he started publication of a fortnightly newspaper ‘Yuvjan Mashal’ and worked for the achievement of the people’s demands. He led many public agitations highlighting various demands. In 1970 he could hold a State Level Conference of the Yuvjan Sabha. During this period he was arrested by the Government for the first time. After his release, he came back to Dwarahat. In 1971 he started his fortnightly paper Dronanchal Prahari. He also fought against the loot of forests by mafias and businessmen like Star Paper Mill, Lalkuan through this paper, with the result that a case was filed against him in the Press Council. He was among the frontrunner of the forest movement in uttarakhand.In 1974, along with other activists, he opposed forest aution in nainital and was arrested with other 18 activists, this protest provoked demonstration throughout the region. In 1974 under his leadership, the biggest fight of chipko, for saving chacharidhar forest, was fought against shaharanpur paper mill, where they successfully saved the forest. In 1975 during Emergency he went to Jail for more than 22 months.
Tripathi was a founder member of Uttarakhand Kranti Dal along with Hari Dutt Bahuguna. Tripathi was essentially a democrat, committed to the struggles of the hill people of Uttarakhand. He was one of the staunch stalwarts who stood for the establishment of Uttarakhand and he successfully worked for the achievement of this goal. He became a member of the Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly (MLA) in the year 2002 in the new Uttarakhand State. He devoted himself for the cause of the development of Uttarakhand. He continued his fight with redoubled vigour and enthusiasm.
He died in 30 August 2004 at the age 59. At the time of his, he was also the President of the State Unit of the Uttarakhand Kranti Dal. After his death his son Pushpesh Tripathi was elected as MLA, who is trying to tread the path which his father had shown.